From what we’ve seen
Event: Suez Canal Crisis
Then-president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser sparked conflict when he declared the nationalization of British and French-owned Suez Canal Company. Nasser offered compensation for the company but the opposing governments were suspicious of his actions. In America, the Eisenhower administration, worried about a hostile outbreak, made its own attempts to mediate the dispute. Meanwhile, the British and French governments corresponded with Israel and came up with a plan to invade Egypt through military force. Israel began the attack on the Sinai Peninsula on October 29, 1956.
Implications: This could be the closest thing that to a violent outbreak that Queen Elizabeth’s reign experienced during this period. The British government gave a go-signal to its troops to protect the Canal a few days after the Israeli and Egyptian forces went to battle. Hopefully, we’ll get to see the peacemaker in Queen Elizabeth on The Crown.
Event: Anthony Eden’s Resignation
Anthony Eden ended his two-year term following recommendations from four doctors who insisted “his health will no
Implications: Just as we were getting used to the idea of Winston Churchill
Event: Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon Marry
After failing to secure her elder sister’s approval to wed Group Captain Peter Townsend, Princess Margaret encountered Antony “Tony” Armstrong-Jones, the man she married in 1960. Before the engagement, their relationship had been kept a secret. It was only at a dinner party that they broke the news of their relationship and engagement.
Implications: It was another first for the British monarchy as Princess Margaret’s was the first royal wedding broadcast on television. Apart from the big day itself, we’re interested in seeing on The Crown how the romance unfolds and how Tony is received by the royal family and the public, especially since he’s deemed a commoner. From what we know about The Crown’s next season so far, Princess Margaret is said to be ‘naughtier,’ even after marriage. Exactly how naughty can she be? We’ll just have to wait until December 8 to find out.
Event: Births of Prince Andrew and Prince Edward
Year: 1960 and 1964
Ten years after the birth of their youngest child, Princess Anne, the royal couple decided to have more children. Some media outlets called it the Queen's “second family.” It was reported that she skipped a few engagements and postponed tours to spend more time with Andrew, and then later again with Edward.
Implications: Will we get to see Claire Foy portraying a pregnant Elizabeth twice on The Crown this season? Producers may choose to skip ahead like how they did with Charles’ and Anne’s births. But with reports that Queen Elizabeth was much more present for both her younger sons, we’ll get a closer look at how Her Majesty is as a mother. She is much more mature—given that she was only in her early 20s when she had Prince Charles—so her parenting styles have changed and she’s much more settled as a monarch.
Event: Queen Elizabeth Visits Germany
In a controversial decision, the Queen and Prince Philip visited Germany two decades after the countries had gone to war. The Cold War was ongoing and Berlin, where the royals headed, was on the frontlines. Despite the conflicts in the past, German President Heinrich Lubke, who met her at the airport, and the German public received the royal party graciously.
Implications: Given the year of the visit, it's possible that Season 2 of The Crown ends with this event. (Or the third season starts with it). The monarch’s decision to visit is surely not without any political spats or possible drama behind palace walls. If we do get to see this meeting in season two, it will be the second president that the Netflix series will introduce in the season, after American President John F. Kennedy.