Discover the real history behind Netflix’s The Crown

From the Queen and Prince Philip's marriage to political upheaval, find out everything you need to know about this history of The Crown seasons one and two

Claire Foy in The Crown season 2 (Netflix, JG)

The Crown made a triumphant return to Netflix in December 2017, with season two picking up where season one left off.

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Personal relationships and political crises collide as Queen Elizabeth II’s reign moves through the 1950s into the Swinging Sixties.

However, sorting the fact from the fiction in Netflix’s lavish series can be a complicated business, with truth about the royal family’s private lives hard to pin down.

Find out more about the key historical events and dramatic relationships featured in The Crown seasons one and two, as the Netflix series reveals more about this most intriguing of families.

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