The Crown: Royal tragedy, Thatcher’s reign and THAT wedding: Top five moments in series four – Daily Mail

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The Crown has made its long-awaited return to screens with the Royal Family facing a period of transition plagued by political division and the emerging of a modern icon.

Series four sees the Netflix show transition from the 1970s into the 1980s, with stars Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies and Helena Bonham Carter joined by newcomers including Emma Corrin, Gillian Anderson and Angus Imrie.

So as Her Majesty battles to keep her family together during a time of great tension – and as the series is released on Sunday, 15th November – here are the top five moments to look out for. 

It's here! The Crown has made its long-awaited return to screens with the Royal Family facing a period of transition plagued by political division and the emerging of a modern icon (pictured in the series)

It’s here! The Crown has made its long-awaited return to screens with the Royal Family facing a period of transition plagued by political division and the emerging of a modern icon (pictured in the series)

Dramatic: So as Her Majesty battles to keep her family together during a time of great tension - and as the series is released on Sunday, 15th November - here are the top five moments to look out for (Princess Diana's wedding pictured in 1981)

Dramatic: So as Her Majesty battles to keep her family together during a time of great tension – and as the series is released on Sunday, 15th November – here are the top five moments to look out for (Princess Diana’s wedding pictured in 1981)

Charles and Diana’s fairy tale marriage

It’s the nuptials known worldwide, and saw the birth of one of the nation’s most beloved figures in Princess Diana, frozen in time by her tragic death in 1997.

Charles’ (Josh O’Connor) romance with Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) came as a surprise to some, given his previous relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles (Emerald Fennell).

By that point Charles was 30, and the Royal Family were growing more concerned whether he would marry and secure the line of succession, and it’s been claimed in an unauthorised biography that Prince Phillip pushed his son to propose or end his relationship with Diana. 

Regardless he and Diana announced their engagement in February 1981 after less than a year together. 

Shocking: Prince Charles and Diana's romance and eventual marriage came as a surprise to some (pictured in The Crown)

Romantic: At the time the couples' relationship was viewed as the 'perfect fairytale' (Charles and Diana are pictured following their engagement in 1981)

Shocking: Prince Charles and Diana’s romance and eventual marriage came as a surprise to some, even though the young Royal was feeling pressured to find a wife by his family (the couples’ engagement left in The Crown and right in 1981) 

Demure: Before her wedding Diana (pictured being played by Emma Corrin) was a shy kindergarten assistant, who was thrust into the spotlight after she and Charles got engaged

Demure: Before her wedding Diana (pictured being played by Emma Corrin) was a shy kindergarten assistant, who was thrust into the spotlight after she and Charles got engaged

Charles and Diana’s wedding was an occasion that went down in British history, with millions watching the service worldwide and thousands camping on the route from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral, where the ceremony was due to take place.

Diana’s wedding dress itself proved to be an incredible sight as she emerged from the gold carriage in the vast white gown designed by David Emanuel, before making her way down the aisle followed by a 25 ft train.

Charles and Diana went onto travel the world to meet thousands of adoring fans, with the Princess in particular drawing attention for her work as a humanitarian, raising awareness of issues including AIDs and the devastating effects of landmines.

Wow! Diana's wedding dress itself proved to be an incredible sight (pictured in The Crown)

Incredible: The stunning white gown was designed by David Emanuel and boasted a 25ft train (pictured during Diana's wedding in 1981)

Wow! Diana’s wedding dress itself proved to be an incredible sight as she emerged from the gold carriage in the vast white gown (pictured left in The Crown and right during Diana’s wedding in 1981)

Amazing: Charles and Diana went onto travel the world to meet thousands of adoring fans, with the Princess in particular drawing attention for her work as a humanitarian (pictured in The Crown)

Amazing: Charles and Diana went onto travel the world to meet thousands of adoring fans, with the Princess in particular drawing attention for her work as a humanitarian (pictured in The Crown)

Drama: However the marriage wasn't without tension, as Charles began to feel Diana was becoming a more popular figure then himself (pictured in 1981)

Drama: However the marriage wasn’t without tension, as Charles began to feel Diana was becoming a more popular figure then himself (pictured in 1981)

The couple also journeyed across Australia for a triumphant Royal Tour in 1983, and brought along their first son William, who had been born the previous year. 

However the marriage wasn’t without tension, as Camilla continued to be a recurring presence in Charles’ life even after he and Diana were married.

In the biography Diana: Her Story In Her Own Words, it’s claimed Charles wore cuff links gifted to him from Camilla as a wedding gift, during his and Diana’s 14-day honeymoon.

Stunning: The couple also journeyed across Australia for a triumphant Royal Tour in 1983 (pictured in The Crown)

Beautiful: Diana also brought along her son William during the trip, after he was born the previous year (Diana pictured during the actual tour)

Stunning: The couple also journeyed across Australia for a triumphant Royal Tour in 1983, and brought along their first son William, who had been born the previous year (Diana pictured left in The Crown and right during the actual tour)

'Three of us in this marriage': One major cause of upset for Diana was Charles' relationship with his ex Camilla Parker-Bowles even after their wedding, and it's claimed they secretly rekindled their romance

‘Three of us in this marriage’: One major cause of upset for Diana was Charles’ relationship with his ex Camilla Parker-Bowles even after their wedding, and it’s claimed they secretly rekindled their romance  

Iconic: Diana and Camilla are pictured together at Ludlow racecourse in August 1997

Iconic: Diana and Camilla are pictured together at Ludlow racecourse in August 1997

In 1984, the couple welcomed their second son Harry, but just two years later it’s claimed Charles rekindled his relationship with Camilla while he and Diana were still married.

Following the publication of Diana’s shocking biography – penned by journalist Andrew Morton – her marriage to Charles appeared beyond repair, and they separated in 1992.

It wasn’t a surprise to many as during a tour of South Korea the husband and wife seemed to be worlds apart, and their split proved to be a huge turning point for the Royal Family.

In 1997 Diana was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris, sparking nationwide mourning. Charles went onto marry Camilla, now the Duchess of Cornwall, in 2005.

A picture tells a thousand words: It wasn't a surprise to many as during a tour of South Korea the husband and wife seemed to be worlds apart, and their split in 1992 proved to be a huge turning point for the Royal Family

A picture tells a thousand words: It wasn’t a surprise to many as during a tour of South Korea the husband and wife seemed to be worlds apart, and their split in 1992 proved to be a huge turning point for the Royal Family 

Political icon: Margaret Thatcher proved to be one of the most divisive Prime Ministers the UK has ever known, facing backlash from Labour supporters (pictured played by Gillian Anderson in The Crown)

Political icon: Margaret Thatcher proved to be one of the most divisive Prime Ministers the UK has ever known, facing backlash from Labour supporters (pictured played by Gillian Anderson in The Crown)

The rise of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher proved to be one of the most divisive Prime Ministers the UK has ever known, facing backlash from Labour supporters for condemning much of the nation to poverty and hardship.

Elected in 1979, her hard right views won her a slim majority as she vowed to end industrial strife, and introduced reforms to control inflation and reduce the power of the trade unions.

However she divided the nation in 1982 by deciding to send a military task force to the Falkland Islands after they were invaded by Argentina, a move seen as controversial by some including the Royal Family. 

After several months the British forces were able to recapture Port Stanley, and the conflict earned Thatcher her infamous title The Iron Lady.

Controversial: Elected in 1979, her hard right views won her a slim majority

Strong-willed: Thatcher governed the UK throughout the 1980s

Controversial: Elected in 1979, her hard right views won her a slim majority as she vowed to end industrial strife, and introduced reforms to control inflation (pictured left in The Crown and right in 1995)

Despite being re-elected in 1983, Thatcher’s greatest test came in 1984 when miners across the nation – led by NUM leader Arthur Scargil – went on strike to desperately try and prevent pits from being permanently closed.  

Thatcher supported the closure in an attempt to try and reduce the power of the trade unions, but strikes continued for almost a year, with many mining towns facing huge poverty as workers were unable to provide for their families.

Eventually the strikes came to an end in March 1985, with all 174 working pits closed for good by 2015.

Upheaval: Despite being re-elected in 1983, Thatcher's greatest test came in 1984 when miners across the nation - led by NUM leader Arthur Scargil - went on strike to desperately try and prevent pits from being permanently closed

Upheaval: Despite being re-elected in 1983, Thatcher’s greatest test came in 1984 when miners across the nation – led by NUM leader Arthur Scargil – went on strike to desperately try and prevent pits from being permanently closed

Friends or foes? It's thought that the Queen and Thatcher had a somewhat frosty relationship during her time in office, with Elizabeth concerned how fractured the nation had become at the height of the miners strike. (pictured in 1985)

Friends or foes? It’s thought that the Queen and Thatcher had a somewhat frosty relationship during her time in office, with Elizabeth concerned how fractured the nation had become at the height of the miners strike. (pictured in 1985)

After being elected for the third time in 1987, Thatcher sparked protests in 1990 when she introduced the community charge, or poll tax, which was aimed to make local council finance fairer.

Instead it sparked nationwide protests, the worst of which were in central London, and Thatcher was forced to resign after losing the support of the Conservative Party.

It’s thought that the Queen and Thatcher had a somewhat frosty relationship during her time in office, with Elizabeth concerned how fractured the nation had become at the height of the miners strike.

Margaret Thatcher died in 2013 after suffering a stroke, and her state funeral was the first attended by The Queen since Winston Churchill in 1965. 

Sad news: A respected war veteran, Lord Mountbatten's assassination in 1979 stunned the Royal Family (pictured played by Charles Dance)

Respected: He previously been working as the Chief of Defence staff, but had retired from the navy in 1965 (pictured before his death)

Sad news: A respected war veteran, Lord Mountbatten’s assassination in 1979 stunned the Royal Family (pictured left played by Charles Dance in The Crown and right before his death)

Death of Lord Mountbatten 

A respected war veteran, Lord Mountbatten’s death in 1979 stunned the Royal Family, as he was assassinated by a bomb that had been planted on his fishing boat by the Provisional Irish Republican Army.

He’d previously been working as the Chief of Defence staff, but had retired from the navy in 1965. 

Alongside Mountabben, his grandson Nicholas, 14, and a crew member Paul, 15, and socialite Doreen Knatchbull were killed from the attack.

The paramilitary organisation attempted to assassinate the royal a year before his murder, but missed shooting the British Royal Navy officer due to bad weather.

Shortly after the murder, The IRA issued a statement, which read: ‘The IRA claim responsibility for the execution of Lord Louis Mountbatten.

Tragic: Mountbatten was killed by a bomb that had been planted on his fishing boat by the Provisional Irish Republican Army, with IRA claiming responsibility for the tragedy (pictured filming the scenes for The Crown)

Tragic: Mountbatten was killed by a bomb that had been planted on his fishing boat by the Provisional Irish Republican Army, with IRA claiming responsibility for the tragedy (pictured filming the scenes for The Crown)

Scary: The paramilitary organisation attempted to assassinate the royal a year before his murder, but missed shooting the British Royal Navy officer due to bad weather (Mountbatten pictured on his fishing boat in 1970)

Scary: The paramilitary organisation attempted to assassinate the royal a year before his murder, but missed shooting the British Royal Navy officer due to bad weather (Mountbatten pictured on his fishing boat in 1970)

Death of an icon: Following his tragic assassination, Mountbatten's funeral took place in Westminster Abbey with much of the Royal Family in attendance

Death of an icon: Following his tragic assassination, Mountbatten’s funeral took place in Westminster Abbey with much of the Royal Family in attendance

‘This operation is one of the discriminate ways we can bring to the attention of the English people the continuing occupation of our country.

‘The death of Mountbatten and the tributes paid to him will be seen in sharp contrast to the apathy of the British Government and the English people to the deaths of over three hundred British soldiers, and the deaths of Irish men, women, and children at the hands of their forces.’

In The Crown fans have seen Mountbatten’s close relationship with Prince Charles, and he offered his home as a getaway from prying eyes during the royal’s young days before settling down with Diana.

Following his tragic assassination, Mountbatten’s funeral took place in Westminster Abbey with much of the Royal Family in attendance, and he was buried at Romsey Abbey, near Broadlands. He had no sons, which meant that Mountbatten’s eldest daughter, Patricia, inherited his title. 

Difficult: After divorcing Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1978, Princess Margaret found herself at a crossroads of sorts, as her former flame Roddy Llewellyn married in 1981 (pictured played by Helena Bonham Carter in The Crown)

Difficult: After divorcing Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1978, Princess Margaret found herself at a crossroads of sorts, as her former flame Roddy Llewellyn married in 1981 (pictured played by Helena Bonham Carter in The Crown)

Royal star: Spending more time abroad at her holiday home in Mustique, she continued to embark on various worldwide tours on behalf of her sister The Queen, including China, Swaziland and The Phillippines

Royal star: Spending more time abroad at her holiday home in Mustique, she continued to embark on various worldwide tours on behalf of her sister The Queen, including China, Swaziland and The Phillippines 

Princess Margaret’s health scare 

After divorcing Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1978, Princess Margaret found herself at a crossroads of sorts, as her former flame Roddy Llewellyn – who she remained close friends with – had married in 1981. 

Spending more time abroad at her holiday home in Mustique, she continued to embark on various worldwide tours on behalf of her sister The Queen, including China, Swaziland and The Phillippines.

But following the rise of Charles and Diana, Margaret gradually retreated away from public life, especially as she suffered from various health problems following years of heavy smoking.

In 1985 Margaret faced a nasty health scare when she was hospitalised to have part of her left lung removed, a fate eerily similar to her father, who died of lung cancer in 1952. 

Worrying: In 1985 Margaret faced a nasty health scare when she was hospitalised to have part of her left lung removed, a fate eerily similar to her father, who died of lung cancer in 1952

Worrying: In 1985 Margaret faced a nasty health scare when she was hospitalised to have part of her left lung removed, a fate eerily similar to her father, who died of lung cancer in 1952 

Trouble ahead: Buckingham Palace suffered a scare in 1982 when Michael Fagan broke into Buckinham Palace

Iconic: The Queen is pictured in 1979 attending the Trooping of the Colour cermeony

Trouble ahead: Back in 1982, Michael Fagan, 32, scaled the 14ft tall barbed-wire fence of Buckingham Palace and made it into the Queen’s bedroom (Queen played left by Olivia Colman and right in 1979)

The Buckingham Palace break-in 

Back in 1982, Michael Fagan, 32, scaled the 14ft tall barbed-wire fence of Buckingham Palace and made it into the Queen’s bedroom.

Given the vast amount of security surrounding the palace, the break-in seems unprecedented by modern standards, with Fagan recalling his experience to The Independant On Sunday in 2012.

Detailing the moment he pulled back the curtains to The Queen’s bedroom to see her staring back at him, he said: ‘I was scareder than I’d ever been in my life. Then she speaks and it’s like the finest glass you can imagine breaking: ”Wawrt are you doing here?!'” 

It was heavily reported at the time that The Queen and Fagan had a lengthy conversation while security was called to the bedroom, but Fagan claimed she ‘ran past him.’

Fagan also wandered around the Palace during his break-in, setting off the alarm twice. Police turned it off on both occasion presuming it had been set off in error.

Eventually police arrived at the Palace and Fagan was arrested, but only after being given a glass of whisky by a footman tasked with keeping an eye on him until the authorities were present.

Home Secretary Willie Whitelaw offered to resign following the break-in but The Queen refused to accept it, and Fagan was sent to Brixton Prison for three weeks on an unrelated offence.

The Crown series four will be released on Netflix on Sunday, November 15th.

Award-winning: Oscar-winner Olivia Colman is once again playing Queen Elizabeth II in series three and four of The Crown

Amazing: She is the spitting image of the Queen herself (pictured above with the pets in 1970)

Award-winning: Oscar-winner Olivia Colman (L) is once again playing Queen Elizabeth II (pictured right in 1964) in series four of The Crown 

Legendary: Helena Bonham Carter will once again portray Princess Margaret in the fourth series

Moving on: The series will depict her life after divorcing Lord Anthony Armstrong-Jones (pictured in 1987)

Legendary: Helena Bonham Carter will portray Princess Margaret in the fourth series, depicting her life after divorcing Lord Anthony Armstrong-Jones (Helena left and Margaret right in 1987)

Royal man: Tobias Menzies will once again play The Duke Of Edinburgh Prince Phillip

At odds: It will come at a time when the Royal Family grows increasingly divided behind closed doors (Phillip pictured in 1986)

Royal man: Tobias Menzies will once again play The Duke Of Edinburgh Prince Phillip (left) at a time when the Royal Family grows increasingly divided behind closed doors (Phillip pictured right in 1986)

To be wed: Josh O'Connor will depict Prince Charles

Drama: The series will depicts his turbulent marriage to Diana (Charles pictured in 1984)

To be wed: Josh O’Connor will depict Prince Charles (left), as the series depicts his turbulent marriage to Diana (Charles pictured right in 1984)

Pivotal moments from The Crown so far… 

King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love    

Edward fell in love with Wallis Simpson, a married woman, and planned to marry her after his coronation when her divorce had come through.

However they were denied the opportunity to marry and due to divorce being forbidden for the Royals and decided to move to France together.

Edward later returned to England to face his family for the funeral of George VI following his death and went on to form a close bond with Prince Charles.

Bigger picture: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love

Bigger picture: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love

Princess Margaret is also denied her happy ending 

Princess Margaret, who is painted as the Royal rebel throughout the first and second seasons, hoped to step outside tradition and marry divorcee Peter Townsend.

However growing public chatter over the illicit relationship begins to overshadow Elizabeth’s post coronation fame.

Margaret makes her intentions to marry Peter clear to Queen Elizabeth II and she asks her to wait until she is 25 to tie the knot with her love.

However when her 25th birthday does roll around the Queen has to go back on her word due to pressure from the Crown, and tells Margaret that she cannot grant her permission to marry Peter.

Devastated: Princess Margaret is denied her happy ending with Peter Townsend

Devastated: Princess Margaret is denied her happy ending with Peter Townsend

Winston Churchill’s rise and fall

The first and second seasons depicted the Queen’s relationship with the Prime Minister of the time, Winston Churchill.

Following his successful leadership during the Second World War, Winston rises to power again for a second time during Elizabeth’s reign.

The Crown follows Winston’s journey as he adjusts to answering to a woman in power and his deteriorating health. 

Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth’s new role

The power struggle in the relationship is clear to see as Elizabeth’s role as the Queen takes priority over her marriage, while Prince Philip isn’t used to taking a backseat. 

The Crown also hints at infidelity in their relationship as Elizabeth finds a picture of Russian ballerina Galina Ulanova among his possessions, before sending him off on a five-month tour on the Royal yacht.

The tension comes to a head during the premiere for season two when the Royal couple argue on board the HMY Britannia as they strive to find a resolution to their problems, due to divorce not being an option for a monarch.

Trouble in paradise: Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth's new role

Trouble in paradise: Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth’s new role

Elizabeth’s journey to accepting the Crown 

The start of the series shows a more wary and shy Elizabeth, compared to the formidable monarch she has grown into.

One of the key moments in the first series is her journey to accepting the Crown, after having to reconfigure all of the relationships in her life.

The series shows the Queen growing in confidence as she finds herself on a path of self-discovery.

The Queen visits Aberfan 

Aberfan: After reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets

Aberfan: After reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets

Episode three of the third season focuses on the Aberfan disaster which killed 144 people, including 116 childrne, after a colliery spoil tip collapsed over a school in a Welsh village.

The Queen did not immediately visit the disaster site, citing that she did not want to distract away from the tragedy with her presence.

However after reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets.

 The Royal Family documentary 

Inside the life: In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months

Inside the life: In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months

In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months.

The Crown depicts the whole thing as a disaster with the family reportedly banning the programme from ever being aired again.

However in actuality, the documentary was well-received and had sky high viewing figures.

Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

Touching: Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

Touching: Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

After receiving backlash for the title ‘Prince of Wales’, despite not being a citizen or speaking the language, Prince Charles was sent to Aberystwyth University to learn the language.

Charles, who was 20 at the time, finished the trip with an elaborate investiture to pledge his allegiance to the Queen in Welsh.

However he asked to tweak the speech to add in his own voice, promising the Welsh residents that they wouldn’t be forgotten by England again.

Princess Margaret wows at the White House

She impressed! After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson

She impressed! After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson

After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The whole night appeared a huge success thanks to Margaret’s quick-wit and charm, with President Johnson seemingly lapping it up.

However across the pond Margaret’s success appeared to worry the Queen as she seemed concerned she was being outshone by her sibling.   

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