The Crown: enlightening, amusing, and tear-jerking
There's something just a little bit peculiar about becoming emotionally invested in a real-life person's life, even though everything you are absorbing happened a long time ago, and the people you are watching going through it all of these years later are actors, not the people themselves. It's a phenomenon that I have experienced while watching every single episode of Netflix's The Crown over the past few weeks. I've been sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation, wondering how a certain ‘character’ will react, when all I need to do is remember what's happening nowadays to know how any of the events pan out. It's very bizarre — and I became addicted.
The Crown follows the story of how Queen Elizabeth II (played by Claire Foy, pictured above) became the queen, and all the trials and tribulations she has had to go through in order to balance her private world and public life. Queen Elizabeth II was just 25 years old when she was coronated, and the first season of the Crown focuses on this time in the history of the British royal family, including her marriage to Prince Phillip (played by Matt Smith, pictured above), and the romance between Princess Margaret (played by Vanessa Kirby, pictured far below) and Peter Townsend (played by Ben Miles). So much is crammed into the 10-episode-long season, and I can't wait for more!
What I find incredibly unique is the way I felt myself empathise with the royals portrayed in the show. Throughout the entirety of the portrayal of Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend's romance, I found myself hoping that somehow they would be allowed to marry, however I already knew that there was no way the show could allow that to happen considering it never happened in real life (sorry if that was a spoiler for anyone, however, where on earth have you been all these years?). I found myself getting incredibly emotionally invested in the lives of all the characters, and shed many a tear while viewing what they had to go through. Things in this day and age we don't really bat an eyelid at, like falling in love and marrying someone who has been divorced.
I've always been aware of what the royal family represents to society, and I have always secretly loved getting all dressed up and watching the royal weddings and the likes with my mum and sister, but what I didn't really know is how much stress they have to go through to ensure they are living their lives in a way that is seen as acceptable by parliament as well as the Church of England, and obviously in a way that is ‘leading by example’ to those who live within the countries that they reign over. It's quite intense, and The Crown really portrayed that intensity in a way that had me becoming very emotional throughout every episode!
I'd highly recommend The Crown to anyone looking for a television series that they can really sink their teeth into — it's really something with drama, comedy, historical information, and some real interesting episode storylines that will have you researching on Google for some time after each episode to find out how particular scenarios end for the royals. Give it a go!