Raise your hand if you follow every episode of The Crown while fact-checking some of the more outrageous storylines. (If we've learned anything from the show, it's that the truth is often stranger than fiction.) Do you ever hunt down grainy black and white portraits of the show's real-life characters to compare against the cast? Well, you're in good company. Part of the joy of Netflix's regal costume drama lies in the fact that the majority of its plot points — from Princess Margaret's scandalous romances, to Prince Philip's rumored flings, to the Duke of Windsor's unpalatable politics — are all rooted in history.
With the show's second season now on Netflix, close down your multiple tabs and consider this your definitive visual cheat sheet to the major players of mid-century history and politics. Kudos to the casting director, the resemblances are striking.
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