The Crown (2016– )
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Philip insists that Prince Charles attend his alma mater in Scotland and reminisces about the life-changing difficulties he experienced there.


Stephen Daldry


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Finn Elliot ... Young Prince Philip
Julian Baring Julian Baring ... Prince Charles
Burghart Klaußner ... Kurt Hahn (as Burghart Klaussner)
Leonie Benesch ... Princess Cecile
Greg Wise ... Lord Mountbatten
August Wittgenstein ... Grand Duke Georg Donatus (as August Wittengenstein)
Guy Williams Guy Williams ... Prince Andrea
Sophie Leigh Stone Sophie Leigh Stone ... Princess Alice (as Sophie Stone)
Eliza Sodró Eliza Sodró ... Princess Sophie
Lewis Macleod ... Iain Tennant (as Lewis MacLeod)
Michael Fenton Stevens Michael Fenton Stevens ... Peter Beck
Ollie Pitman Ollie Pitman ... Simon Harper
Kit Redding Kit Redding ... Young Jim Orr


Philip insists that Prince Charles attend his alma mater in Scotland and reminisces about the life-changing difficulties he experienced there.

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Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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When Charles arrives at Gordonstoun, a pupil addresses him as Your Royal Highness, but is told to call him Charles. Schoolboys at that time were never addressed by their first names either by their teachers (who addressed them by their surnames) or their schoolfellows (who addressed them by their surnames or their nicknames). First names were entirely absent in boys' schools at that time, and many schoolboys would not even have known their friends' first names. Charles would have been referred to by both staff and pupils as Windsor. See more »


Kurt Hahn: I don't expect you to get on with everyone. What I do expect of all my pupils is to conform with Platonic ideals-to argue without quarreling, to quarrel without suspecting, to suspect without slandering.
Young Prince Philip: Sir...
Kurt Hahn: You and James will have extra building duties. You can work on the main gate together.
Young Prince Philip: Look, in my defense...
Kurt Hahn: [slams table] I think we've all seen how you act in your defense.
Young Prince Philip: [exhales]
Kurt Hahn: Thank you.
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written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played during the funeral scene
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A tough topic, handled well.
12 December 2017 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

In this episode, Phillip sends his son Charles to the same boarding school he attended as a child. Charles' experience is horrible, and it would be easy to hate Phillip for it, but the episode does a good job of also showing things from his perspective so that we are not sure how to feel. Only at the very end does the episode appear to pick a side, and it's one I agree with.

Up to this point, the royal children have been little more than props, with no distinguishing traits and very few appearances. Given the span of time this series is set to cover, they're going to have to start treating them as characters eventually. I was expecting this to be the episode in which that happens, but it isn't really. We do learn a little bit about Charles, but the episode's primary focus is on Phillip.

Over half of the episode consists of flashbacks to Phillip's time at the boarding school. The actor who plays Young Phillip is fantastic, and his character arc is very emotional, but I would have preferred to have spent a little less time in the past and a little more time in present day developing Charles.

In conclusion, his episode tackles a tough topic (boarding schools) with pathos for all involved and a very emotional but perhaps overly dominant flashback plot.

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