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Five on Friday | The Crown.

I was late to this party, but … finally, I watched The Crown. and yes, everyone was right – it’s excellent. I loved pretty much everything about it. The story (of course! I’m a huge Anglophile and a real fan of Queen Elizabeth, especially since reading Andrew Marr’s biography), the sets, the acting and the time period. Pure nostalgia (is that possible since I wasn’t actually alive during the 1950’s?), but a few episodes in, I started a list of things I wished were still around. And since it’s Friday, here are my top five:

1. Telephone calls that aren’t instantaneous. It took real effort to make a connection and it seems like the resulting conversations were more meaningful.

2. Silk scarves tied under the chin to keep the ‘do in place. I could’ve used one today!

3. Hats. They really complete the outfit (for women and men).

4. Waists. and high-waisted trousers or full skirts to show them off.

5. Multi-stranded pearls. This one’s a cheat since they’re obviously still around…but they’re certainly not as common in my everyday life as they are in Elizabeth’s. Nevertheless, I’ve made a point of wearing mine more since I watched.

What was your favorite period element about the show? (or maybe there was something you really hated?) Please share.

Regardless, Happy Friday…and Happy Weekend!


  • Bonny

    They aren't really period elements, but things that surprised me. King George VI's surgery performed in Buckingham Palace?! And the fact that becoming Queen affected every one of Elizabeth's relationships with her family members, mainly in negative ways imho. But the pearls are lovely. 🙂

  • Debbie

    I enjoyed The Crown and gained an appreciation for just how difficult it must have been for Elizabeth…being queen affected every aspect of her life! I felt a bit of nostalgia too, although I was very young in the 1950s, I do remember my mother always wearing a silk kerchief to keep her hair in place, the styles, & other period elements you mentioned. I look forward to the next season of the series.

  • dbshade

    It's on my list to watch too if I could ever get through Gilmore Girls!! Love the double strand of pearls. I'm wearing my single stand a lot and also my pearl bracelet!

  • Penny

    I'm late to the Crown party but looking forward to watching it. And I'm also way behind in commenting, but I've enjoyed all of your holiday posts and loved The Rebirth of the World – beautiful words!

  • Vera

    Love your pearls. We've only watched 2 episodes (finishing Chef's Table and the new seasonn of A Place to Call Home). Love the clothes. I, too, was surprised at the at home surgery and the at home embalming!

  • Vera

    Love your pearls. We've only watched 2 episodes (finishing Chef's Table and the new seasonn of A Place to Call Home). Love the clothes. I, too, was surprised at the at home surgery and the at home embalming!

  • Nancy

    Loved The Throne, eagerly awaiting the next season. Excellent acting (look for actor interviews on YouTube, some pretty funny). George so sympathetic, Edward a dolt. Always loved scarf looped under chin and tied in back (think Grace Kelly in a convertible). One of my favorite elements is the music, especially Duck Shoot; I find it a bit haunting. Wear the pearls in good health!

  • Kym

    I just love the opulence of the palace — contrasted with the relative dowdiness of Queen Elizabeth's daytime wear! I also love how pragmatic and practical-minded she was/is. I loved the series — thought it was incredibly well-done.

  • margene

    I've been watching, but only on episode 4. I love seeing the behind the scenes of historic moments from my childhood. So much to learn. I love the costumes, the era, the castle, the details, just everything. It's eye candy.

  • Vicki Knitorious

    I loved The Crown! The sets and costumes were pretty fabulous — the production, the cast — it was all pretty great. If you're interested in some interesting commentary on the fashion/style (pearls!), check out "The Crown" posts on Tom & Lorenzo (http://tomandlorenzo.com/tag/the-crown/). I haven't finished reading them all yet, myself, but am always fascinated by these types of posts (because I'm not quite so attuned, I guess)! 😉