“The Crown” aims to represent the life of the royal family since the death of King George VI. According to the show, the late Queen Elizabeth II and the late Prince Philip enjoyed a warmer and more tender relationship with their younger children, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. By the time they were born, she had found her stride as sovereign and it showed. Her overall demeanor was warmer.
She chose to spend more time with her children, consciously stepping back from duties, even if it was just for a bit. This photograph captures a tender moment between mother and children. On Christmas Day, it was customary for the Queen to broadcast a message to the Commonwealth. But despite the demands of being a queen, she still took some time to spend with her sons and look through a photo album together.
King George VI’s Coronation
After not even a year, King Edward VIII abdicated. In line to the throne was Edward VIII’s younger brother, George VI. However, their mother, Queen Consort, did not believe George VI was an ideal replacement. That is clearly evident in this photo. The only person in this photo who does not look happy about King George VI’s coronation is his mother.
Everyone else, his wife and two daughters both seem to be enjoying the occasion. As for the King, he looked dashing in his ermine robe and crown. The coronation also intended to showcase the might of the British Empire. Royal events and programs (many that were broadcasted on television) were planned throughout May to mark the occasion. Guests from around the world and across the Empire attended. It was a month of strategic public spectacle.
The Public Awaits King George VI
Mary of Teck, the Queen Consort to King George V, was not overjoyed after Edward VIII abdicated and George VI was destined to be the new king of England. From this photo, taken on May 12, 1937, the British public’s opinion could not have been more different. London had never seen such a crowd.
Thousands of people had been waiting all night along the six-mile procession route. Outside Cumberland Gate, we see crowds and crowds of people waiting in Hyde Park for King George VI to make his entrance as the newly crowned King of Great Britain. The king will make a customary entrance – his golden carriage will travel the streets of London so the monarch can greet his people.
Christmas at Buckingham Palace
This photo gives us some idea about the way Christmas is celebrated in Buckingham Palace. Taken in 2006, we see Chelsea College of Art & Design student, Haleh Niazi, helping to prepare the palace for that year’s Christmas festivities.
Based on the fact that the Royals hired Niazi, an art and design student, to help with the Christmas decorations, we can say that Christmas is a big deal in Buckingham Palace. Also, the mere fact that Niazi has to use a ladder to decorate the tree, well, that must be some tree. Even though the royal family usually spends Christmas at Sandringham and not Buckingham Palace, the spirit of the season is very much alive here.
King and Queen at the Palace
Here we go back to the past – specifically to the year 1942. We see a tender moment between the late King George VI and his late wife, the Queen Mother. We often don’t see the royal family just being a family or the royal couple just being a couple, but this photo here gives us an idea of the former royal couple. The two couldn’t be more different as people but complemented each other beautifully.
The Queen played a significant role in helping her husband overcome his shyness and insecurities. Together, they became unstoppable and steered the country through some of the most challenging times. Here, we see that King George VI is tending to the fire, while his wife looks on. It also lets us know about the interior of Buckingham Palace decades ago.