Episode Five, “Smoke and Mirrors”
Although she ascended the throne in February 1952, Queen Elizabeth was not crowned until June the following year. (A previous episode indicates that it was a decision made by the Prime Minister Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) to keep power.) Episode five of The crown emphasizes how much of a deal the coronation was. Philip is put in charge of the ceremony, infuriating many with his suggestion to televise the event.
As for Elizabeth? She struggles between family and duty after her uncle, the former King Edward VIIIknown as the Duke of Windsorand his wife wallis simpson are not invited to the coronation. She eventually embraces her new role as leader of the monarchy, taking the crown with quiet grace.
Episode Seven, “Scientia Potentia East”
With the rapidly growing progress of science, Elizabeth realizes that there were gaps in her education, having focused only on the country’s Constitution. Knowing that she will have to interact with very intellectual people, the queen hires a private tutor.
She is also trying to promote longtime private secretary Martin Charteris (Harry HaddenPaton) to a superior role over another deserving, albeit older, employee. During this story, she indicates that Martin is the closest thing she has to a friend, suggesting the loneliness she feels as a ruler.