If you have been watching season 5 of The Crown (or are planning to), you may be interested to hear and watch some of the speeches and radio/TV shows featured in some of the episodes, as it allows you to listen to the actual members of the Royal Family speaking:

Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4)- Princess Margaret

The Crown is known not to adhere strictly to chronological order. Princess Margaret was asked to take part in Desert Island Discs in 1981, although in the show this is assumed to have happened in the early 1990s. Anyway, you can listen to her interview and music selection here. (Personally, I have to say that The Crown has systematically portrayed her in a more endearing light than her real voice would lead us to believe).

Princess Margaret and presenter Roy Plomley recording an episode of the BBC Radio 4 series ‘Desert Island Discs’ at Broadcasting House, London, January 8th 1981.

Annus Horribilis speech- Queen Elizabeth II

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Plagued by several splits and divorces in the family, Queen Elizabeth delivered this speech at Guildhall just days after a devastating blaze at Windsor Castle, probably the place she really thought of as “home”. (transcript)

Prince Charles’s interview with Jonathan Dimbleby (1994)

In an attempt to clear his name and reputation, Prince Charles agreed to an extended interview which may show him in a more becoming light, and as someone with more progressive views than the rest of the Royal Family. Excerpts of the interview can be found here:

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Panorama interview (“there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”)

The (now) infamous Panorama interview was given by Diana Princess of Wales (watch the full interview here) in November 1995 and broadcast on the BBC. An inquiry in 2021 found that the late Princess was deceived into giving the interview, and, at the request of Princes William and Harry, the BBC agreed never to show excerpts from it ever again. Fragments of it can be found online, though. You can also read the transcript here.

The Queen and I (1992)

Around the years depicted in this season, a book by Sue Townsend called The Queen and I was published. It revolved around the possibility that the monarchy had been abolished by a new Republican government, which would force the family out of their palaces and into council housing. It is very much a product of its time, reflecting how a large part of the British people felt about the Royal Family at the time.

As in previous seasons, The Crown provides plenty of examples of C-level discourse markers for interactions, as well as illustrations of how to use some C-level grammar structures and vocabulary. Plenty of examples (more on the way) can be found in these posts: