Secrets of 'The Crown' : Inside the Real-Life Stories Portrayed in Season 2

Young Prince Charles! Margaret's new man! The true stories behind the drama's second season

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The moment Elizabeth was seen dancing with Ghanian president Kwame Nkrumah in 1961 was recreated on "The Crown."

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The photo of her dancing with Nkrumah reportedly outraged many South African whites at the time, according to the New York Times. But the Queen's move was a message to Commonwealth citizens that she supported them, regardless of race, ethnicity or nationality.

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Vanessa Kirby and Matthew Goode as Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones on season two of The Crown.. Alex Bailey/Netflix

Downtown Abbey's Matthew Goode joins the cast as Margaret's new love. The show explores Armstrong-Jones's swinging sex life. "It captures the feeling of the times," says Robert Lacey, a historical consultant on the show.

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Following her broken engagement to Captain Peter Townsend, Margaret found love with Antony Armstrong-Jones, the dapper photographer who became the Earl of Snowdon after they wed in 1960. They divorced 18 years later.

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Billy Jenkins, 10, joins the cast as the young heir, Prince Charles. His father, Prince Philip, sent him to private school "with the best of motives," says Lacey.

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Though Charles is first-in-line for the throne, he hasn't always had the best relationship with his mother.

"It's no secret that [Elizabeth] and Charles have had a prickly relationship at times," Lacey.

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"Philip is a proud man, and that's got him into trouble at times," says Matt Smith, who portrays Philip on the show. "There's a great deal more tragedy in his life than we have given him credit for."

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Queen Elizabeth fell head-over-heels for Prince Philip when she was just a teen, and they just celebrated 70 years together.

The couple, who wed in Westminster Abbey in 1947 “are both resilient characters,” says Lacey. “Their life together has always been built on regular separations. They are not a soppy couple.”

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