When we return to the rarefied world of the acclaimed Netflix series The Crown, it’s 1964, and change is afoot in Britain. Winston Churchill is dying, and a new Labour prime minister, Harold Wilson, a man of the people and self-described “ruffian,” has been elected to lead the country out of its economic malaise. Even the stamps are changing, reflecting Queen Elizabeth II’s maturing profile. Now a mother of four and a self-described “old bat,” Her Majesty doesn’t find the new design particularly thrilling but accepts the aging process as inevitable. “One just has to get on with it,” she says. It could be her royal motto. Throughout the third season of The Crown, which takes us up to the Silver Jubilee celebrations of 1977, the changes keep coming and the Queen keeps getting on with it, going through the motions of the monarchy in a series of groovy floral dresses, sensible headscarves, and ridiculous hats.
Season three offers deeper insight into the Queen’s stoicism and how she’s been molded into a monarch but still there's the push and pull between the ruler and the woman wearing the crown.
In fact, "The Crown's" third is really just a study of character. It's immutable, after all, whether you're a queen or a pauper. It's what we do with our character that matters. This season magnificently reveals what Elizabeth has done with hers.
The Crown is streaming on Netflix.