The Crown is back and god save the queen. Season 3 of Netflix’s dramatization of decades of royal drama is out, and — as is the custom with many period dramas — there’s a lot in there that’s true and a lot that is somewhat less than true.
Some of the seasons biggest moments are ripped straight from headlines and history books, but since real life is sometimes less coherent than TV it’s forgivable that The Crown would bend time, space, and occasionally the truth in the name of making better entertainment. Here’s a fact check on Season 3’s most remarkable plotlines.
Episode 1, “Olding”: Was the Queen’s personal art historian Anthony Blunt a Soviet spy?
Queen Elizabeth II with Sir Anthony Blunt (later