The Crown seasons 5 and 6: 10 unmissable events to be expected – news series on TV

With seasons 5 and 6 of The Crown set from 1992 to the early 2000s, here are 10 must-see events to be seen in upcoming episodes of the Royal Series on Netflix.

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The annus horribilis

In the speech to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of her accession to the throne, Queen Elizabeth II called 1992 “annus horribilis” (“horrible year” in Latin), with reference most certainly to theAnnus Mirabilis by the poet John Dryden. It must be said that the year in question did not spare the sovereign with in particular the divorce of her children Anne and Andrew but also the official announcement of the separation of the couple formed by Charles and Diana, which coincides with the publication of the ‘shocking book “Diana: in her words” (see below).

Remained in the memories, the formula has since been taken up by financial experts to qualify a bad year from an economic point of view.

Diana’s shocking revelations

In 1992, journalist Andrew Morton published a biography on Diana, titled Diana, Her True Story. This complete and referenced book was adapted the following year into a TV movie of the same name with Serena Scott Thomas as Diana. Upon Diana’s death, Andrew Morton re-edited his book with additional revelations from Diana and titled it Diana Told By Herself. The book caused a scandal at the time, as did Diana’s explosive interview with Martin Bashir on the BBC in November 1995.

In her living room in Kensington Palace, the Princess of Wales confides bluntly and settles accounts with her husband Charles, by revealing her extramarital affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, and with the royal family. It is in this interview that she launches this famous sentence: “There were three of us in this marriage”. Following this interview, Queen Elizabeth II asks the couple to officially separate. These two huge scandals should logically appear in the next episodes of The Crown.

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Windsor Castle fire

“The annus horribilis” evoked by Elizabeth II also refers to the fire at Windsor Castle, a tragic incident with disastrous consequences for the royal family, mainly economic. The staggering cost of the work has also led to a lively controversy across the Channel, with a large part of the British press believing that it was up to the queen to draw on her personal fortune, and not on public money, to finance the restoration of the premises. It was finally decided to open Buckingham Palace to the public to finance the reconstruction of the castle (still estimated at more than 37 million pounds!)

Recall that during that same year, the Conservative Prime Minister John Mayor relaunched the reform project reinstating the income tax submitted to the royal family (which had been exempt since the reign of George V), a decree officially entered effective June 6, 1993.

Tony Blair’s victory and Lady Di’s death

The government of John Major in the 1990s being decried, Tony Blair, leader of the Labor Party, easily won the elections in May 1997 and became at 43 the youngest Prime Minister since Lord Liverpool in 1812. Between 1997 and 2007, Tony Blair will have formed three governments. As with the former Prime Ministers featured in The Crown, Tony Blair should logically appear in the series and be faced with Queen Elizabeth II during their audiences.

The same year, Lady Di died in a car accident. On the night of August 30-31, 1997, Diana Spencer and her then-companion Dodi Al-Fayed walk out of the Ritz in Paris and try to escape the paparazzi with bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones in their driver’s car. , Henri Paul, heavily alcoholic. It was in the tunnel under the Alma bridge that the accident occurred. Dodi Al-Fayed and Henri Paul die instantly while Diana Spencer dies a few hours later in hospital. Only Trevor Rees-Jones comes out unscathed. Diana Spencer’s death was an international shock so much that her state funeral in London on September 6, 1997 brought together over three million people and moved the world. Impossible for The Crown to miss this tragic event.

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Nelson Mandela’s election in South Africa

The issue of Apartheid was touched on briefly during Season 4 to highlight Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s ideological oppositions to the more progressive ideas of Elizabeth II. It would nevertheless appear surprising that the election of Nelson Mandela to the South African presidency was not addressed in The Crown; especially since the former political prisoner and the sovereign maintained a close friendship, to the point that the latter – great-grandson of King Thembu – did not hesitate to shake up the protocol by addressing himself as an equal on par with the queen. A habit that did not offend the latter, quite the contrary.

The wave of attacks of the 2000s

On September 11, 2001, the United States was hit by devastating attacks committed by members of Al-Qaeda, which turned the country upside down. The Pentagon is targeted as well as the two towers of the World Trade Center which are struck by two hijacked planes. The Twin Towers collapsed soon after, causing thousands of deaths. These first attacks launched a wave of terrorist attacks in several countries around the world, including the United Kingdom. On July 7, 2005, four explosions hit public transport in London and left 56 dead and more than 700 injured.

The suicide bombings, committed by Islamist terrorists, come on the opening day of the G8 summit in Scotland and the day after London was designated as host of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The British people have received support government and Queen Elizabeth II, all the more protected by the army, declaring: “Such atrocities strengthen our sense of community, our humanity, our confidence in the rule of law”.

The meeting between Kate and William

A true awakening fairy tale, the story of Kate Middleton and Prince William is above all that of an iconic couple. The future couple met in 2001 at the University of Saint Andrews; love at first sight was immediate, and their relationship was formalized at the end of 2003. Highly publicized, the couple separated to everyone’s surprise, before re-forming a few months later. After eight years together, Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrate their union on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey, in the presence of the royal family and an impressive parterre of prestigious guests.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee

In 2002, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 50 years of reign on the throne of the United Kingdom and seven other countries, since the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952. Despite the death of the Queen Mother and his sister, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II kept the festivities going, countering predictions from the media that saw this Golden Jubilee as a non-event. Queen Elizabeth II attended all official celebrations and toured all countries where her reign is effective with her consort, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. This mattered event should feature in future seasons of The Crown, along with all of the key dates in Elizabeth II’s reign.

Deaths of Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother

Annus horribilis, bis repetita. Ten years after the difficult year 1992, Queen Elizabeth II is going through a year that is just as trying on a personal level for the fiftieth anniversary of her accession to the throne. On February 9, his sister Princess Margaret succumbs to a series of strokes caused by her excess of alcohol and tobacco; barely a few weeks later, the Queen Mother Elizabeth in turn died at the age of 101, as for her of natural causes.

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Due to his advanced age, the Tay Bridge protocol, the code name given to the plan accompanying the announcement of his death, has been held ready to be triggered at any time for almost two decades! Recall that a protocol exists for each member of the royal family, all named after London bridges (the code name of Queen Elizabeth II is ‘London bridge’).

Prince Harry at the heart of a controversy

Regarded as the rebel of the royal family with the same spirit and kindness as his late mother Diana, Prince Harry is much loved by the British people. But the young man, in a tumultuous relationship with Chelsy Davy in the early 2000s, is at the heart of a scandal in January 2005. Photos of him dressed in a Nazi uniform are revealed in the press. Harry would apologize later for this tasteful choice of disguise for a drunken evening. This scandal will bring out the troubled past of Edward VIII, his great-great-uncle, who died in 1972. The latter was indeed very close to the Nazis before and after his abdication to the throne of England for the benefit of his brother George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.

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