The Crown Season 4 Recap: Peter Morgan conceived and primarily wrote the script for The Crown, a historical drama series produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Incorporating elements from his stage play The Audience and his film The Queen (2006), Morgan created this (2013). Between 1947 (when Elizabeth married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) and 1955 (when Princess Margaret’s engagement to Group Captain Peter Townsend broke up), the first season focuses on the royal family.
The events of the Suez Crisis of 1956, the resignation of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1963, and the birth of Prince Edward in 1964 are all covered in Season 2. Season three takes place between 1964 and 1977, covering both of Harold Wilson’s terms as prime minister and introducing Camilla Shand.
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The Crown Season 4 Recap
After 40 years on the throne, The Crown season 5 episode 4 opens with Queen Elizabeth II getting ready to give a speech. The media says that Queen Elizabeth has a lot to say about the recent events following the fire at Windsor Castle. Elizabeth is going through a lot of internal conflict and conflict within the royal family. Later shots depict an almost depressed Elizabeth who feels sorry for herself.
In a radio interview, Princess Margaret plays a variety of music for the listeners and discusses her “first loves” and other aspects of her life. In a letter to Margaret, Peter Townsend (Timothy Dalton), a man who has long had hopes of marrying her, proposes a meeting. Margaret and Elizabeth talk about Peter, both curious as to his whereabouts and activities at the present.
They haven’t seen each other in years. That one person who means the world to Margaret. Andrew, the Prince, and Elizabeth, the Queen, meet to discuss the wedding. Elizabeth is taken aback by his desire to end their marriage. Andrew veers off topic to discuss the institution’s “The System.”
Margaret and Peter have a conversation and dance to jazz at a party. Their moods have lifted as they seek each other out. Once again, Margaret is the life of the party with her witty quips and piano performances. Peter watches adoringly. Later, Peter reveals to Margaret that he has been keeping her letters and would like to give them back to her.
Margaret goes back to her house and rereads the letters, remembering a love that could have been but wasn’t because of the prison. In a later scene, Peter asks Margaret whether or not their love lasted. Peter leans in for a kiss, but Margaret doesn’t respond, so he walks away.
Queen Elizabeth hears Princess Anne’s marriage proposal to Tim and is shocked (Commander Laurence). Anne rejects Elizabeth’s advice to be patient and instead declares that she and Tim will get married. The rift between Prince Charles and Princess Diana, according to the prince, has become too great since the publication of Andrew Morton‘s book.
He approaches Elizabeth and requests some time apart. Elizabeth assures Charles that he is in a unique position since he will one day rule as King. The people Charles has divorced from his family are listed. Elizabeth is working hard to preserve the Royal Family and uphold marriage as sacred.
To make matters worse for the Queen, Windsor Castle has caught fire. Elizabeth goes to survey the damage at the castle, but the fire department has a hard time putting out the blaze. The uncommon occasion of Prince Philip joining her on the site and giving Elizabeth a hug brought out her emotions.
The Crown Season 4 Ending
Elizabeth explains to Margaret that a fuse blew at Windsor, which led to the fire that occurred there. Margaret provides a list of the people who might have been responsible for the fire that destroyed her residence at Windsor Castle, including Diana and Andrew. She names herself and informs Elizabeth that it could have been her because Elizabeth had refused to admit that she loved Peter.
Margaret draws parallels between herself and Princess Anne, pointing out the ways in which their circumstances are identical, with the exception that Anne is able to marry the man she has loved her whole life. She cannot believe that Elizabeth is continuing to deny that she had any part in the breakup of their relationship.
The Queen Mother warns Elizabeth that she is unable to deliver the speech that she has prepared for the 40th Anniversary because people will “forgive and forget” about what happened. The Queen Mother believes that she does not owe anyone an apology and that the rest of the Royal Family should not acknowledge their mistakes. Prince Philip comes to Elizabeth’s defense and insists that they must back her decision without condition.