We can’t wait to binge it this weekend.
There are plenty of things to get excited about this month—seeing family and friends, decorating the whole house for the holidays, enjoying delicious food and drink, and of course, bingeing season two of The Crown. Last season, Queen Elizabeth II’s rise to the throne captivated viewers, and this season promises to be as riveting with more drama, romance, and corgis (the Queen’s favorite dogs). And now with the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it's as good a time as ever to brush up on your British monarchy knowledge and get to know the matriarch of the family better.
We asked Netflix to share with us a few tidbits to tide us over until the new season premieres on December 8—check them out below.
We all know about the Queen’s attachment to corgis—she’s owned them her whole life. Plus, we know that Meghan Markle got the corgi seal of approval when they laid on her feet during tea time with the Queen. This season, you can expect to see more corgis roaming around the halls of Buckingham Palace. The pups even made an appearance at the season two world premiere in London alongside their human co-stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith.
More family drama...
When we last left the royal family, there were many unresolved issues. Sisters Margaret and Elizabeth sparring because the former was unable to gain approval to marry Peter Townsend. Adding to that, Elizabeth’s marriage was in turmoil—after a big fight and lots of tension, the season ended with Philip being sent on a five month royal tour.
This next season will cover the aftermath but also introduce new problems. In one trailer, Elizabeth says to Margaret, “You need to be more careful about where you’re seen and with whom. You’re drinking far more than you used to.” Margaret’s response is biting: “Why do you think that is? Because I’m unhappier than I used to be? Why is that? Because I’m still unmarried. And why is that? Oh because you denied me my perfect match.” Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Philip are seen having a tense discussion in another trailer, in which she says, “This restlessness of yours has to become a thing of the past.”
Netflix revealed to Real Simple that Margaret will be a breakout character this season. She’s still reeling from her failed romance and is trying to break away from her royal duties and family to find some independence.
While Philip and Elizabeth are having marital issues, Margaret will see her romantic life blossom this season with the introduction of the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, an exciting bad boy of sorts. “Margaret was very much feeling anti her own establishment,” Vanessa Kirby, who portrays the princess, said in a clip. “She finds herself through this wonderful new man that she sort of crashes into and they have this brilliant dynamic.” Spoiler alert: We know from history that Margaret and Tony enter into a tumultuous marriage of their own.
More pomp and circumstance...
Of course, there will be plenty of regal celebrations and ceremonies—this is about the British monarchy, after all. You can expect more lavish parties and beautiful costumes this season. Netflix told us that 474 costumes were created for season two, with 110 of those made for Elizabeth. One particular royal banquet we’re looking forward to when the Queen hosts JFK and First Lady Jackie Kennedy.