Before you watch Netflix’s ‘The Crown,’ learn all about Queen Elizabeth II’s life

Shakespeare said it best in his play Henry IV: “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” Any leader, whether in charge of a family or a kingdom, knows the enormous responsibility weighing on him or her. Elizabeth II (played by Claire Foy in the Netflix original The Crown) became queen at the tender age of 25. If you think misogyny is alive and well now, it’s nothing compared to the challenges a woman — even a royal one — faced in the 1950s. Here’s everything you need to know before binge-watching this inspiring new series.

 

 

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