London: The locations of The Crown
21 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom
Prince Philip (Matt Smith) and the future Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) attend a performance in this building built in 1834. Since 1999, this 2,100-seat theater has been home to the musical The Lion King. Ten years later, a private performance was given in the presence of 250 former members of the show and the creator Julie Taymor. Prime Minister David Cameron and James Earl Jones, Mufasa’s double in the original cartoon, were also among the guests. To prepare for his role as Winston Churchill, John Lithgow worked on his accent with a specialist in order to be as close as possible to the character. The British accent has changed a lot since the period of the former British statesman and the production did not want to leave this detail to chance.
Royal Yacht Britannia
HMS Belfast, The Queen’s Walk, London, United Kingdom
The Royal Yacht Britannia holds an important place in season two. In fact, the HMS Belfast
Buckingham Palace (courtyard)
Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, United Kingdom
The courtyard of Buckingham Palace is actually that of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. From the comings and goings of Churchill (John Lithgow) to Elizabeth’s and the Queen’s family members, this court has become part of the landscape of the series. The buildings surrounding it were originally constructed as the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich. Built between 1696 and 1712, the hospital closed its doors in 1869 and was then rehabilitated as the Royal Naval College until 1998. The Duke of Windsor’s interpreter, Alex Jennings, is a regular in the roles of members of the British Royal Family, having already played Prince Charles in the film The Queen, written by the creator of the series Peter Morgan.
Buckingham Palace (operation)
Goldsmiths Hall, London, United Kingdom
King George VI (Jared Harris) underwent surgery in the heart of Buckingham Palace, but this scene was actually shot at Goldsmiths’ Hall. A strikingly realistic scene, and for good reason, the actors in this scene are real surgeons from Guy’s Hospital, who came on their own time. The building also contains a library of more than 8,000 books, open for visits by appointment.
Southwark Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
A funeral is held in Southwark’s beautiful cathedral. It has the distinction of being the oldest Gothic building in London. It is the fourth church built on this site, the first one was erected there in 1106. Many of William Shakespeare’s theatre companions are buried here, such as Edmund, John Fletcher and Lawrence Fletcher. Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress, worn in the first season, cost the modest sum of £30,000. at the time, the real princess paid for the fabric of this dress with ration coupons. A nice price difference.
Buckingham Palace (indoor)
Lancaster House, Stable Yard, St. John’s, Newfoundland. St. James’s, London, United Kingdom
The scenes including Buckingham Palace are, in fact, shot at Lancaster House. Built between 1825 and 1840, the manor house is very regularly used for cinema and television. Benjamin Gates and the Book of Secrets, The Speech of a King or The Importance of Being Consistent are among these productions. The creator of the Peter Morgan series is a regular in stories about the royal family, since he was the screenwriter of the film The Queen, but also the author of the play The Audience with Helen Mirren in the role of the monarch.
Victoria House, London, United Kingdom
ITN’s offices are located in Victoria House. Built in the 1920s, it was occupied for many years by the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society, a major insurance company. Renovated in 2003, the gardens of Victoria House are open to the public. ITN, founded in 1955, is a UK production company, providing content for ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, YouTube, MSN and Yahoo!
Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London, United Kingdom
The facade of the famous royal residence is of course visible in the series. Not being allowed to film the interior of the palace, the production had to resort to various locations in London to overcome this. Claire Foy’s departure after season two was not a real surprise. The actress was already informed that she would go no further when she signed her contract.
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