What is it to be an American today? Prosperous, powerful, privileged.
And yet, it is also troubling.
I look around me and find our people divided as never before.
Indeed, as at no time since our Civil War.
There has been a change, a slippage, in our moral and our intellectual strength.
Blight has descended on our regulatory agencies and a dry rot, beginning in Washington, is seeping into every corner of America.
Too many of us have lost our way, our will and our sense of historic purpose.
It is time for a renewal, a new generation of leadership, healing leadership, but we cannot do it alone, and so I am asking each of you to be pioneers in this renewal, in this healing, in the reclaiming of great American values: Freedom, tolerance and equality of opportunity.
Then we can claim our position and responsibilities as leaders of a truly free world.
God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America!
In case you were asleep before the plague, The Crown is a historical television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, created and written by Peter Morgan for Netflix.
Season One covers the period from Queen Elizabeth II and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s marriage in 1947 and her sister Princess Margaret‘s engagement to Captain Peter Townsend in 1955.
Season Two covers the time from the Suez Crisis in 1956 to the retirement of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1963 and the birth of Prince Edward in 1964. The third season takes us through the period between 1964 and 1977, including Harold Wilson‘s two terms as prime minister, and introduces us to Camilla Shand.
The upcoming fourth season will focus on the Margaret Thatcher era and introduce Lady Diana Spencer. Gillian Anderson plays Margaret Thatcher!
New actors are cast every two seasons. Claire Foy portrays the Queen in the first two seasons, with Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret. For the third and fourth seasons, Olivia Colman plays the Queen, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.
Back in March, The Crown stopped filming two weeks ahead of schedule, managing to complete principal photography despite cutting the shooting short. Morgan announced that it was better to make the best of a difficult situation than to delay Season Four.
The fifth and sixth seasons, which will close the series, will cover the Queen’s reign into the 21st century. Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, and Jonathan Pryce will take over for Colman, Bonham Carter, and Menzies. Season Four is scheduled to be released in later this year and Season Five is planned for 2022.
One of the most intriguing episodes was number eight of Season Two, directed by Stephen Daldry. It is about the (fictionalized) relationship between Queen Elizabeth and Jacqueline Kennedy (Jodi Balfour). In real life the two did meet, the Royal Family had the Americans over for dinner and they did hang-out one more time before the assassination of President Kennedy (Michael C. Hall).
It gives us scenes set in Ghana, reigniting the whole end of the empire thing that seemed so important in the first few episodes of the season. Next, the Kennedys show up just so that Elizabeth can feel jealous and Philip can hit on Jackie. Did Jackie inspire the Queen to dance with Kwame Nkrumah, the president of Ghana? The Crown does a remarkable job of re-creating the visit. The costuming, the settings, and the whole scene look and feel like precise reconstructions of the historical footage.