I just watched this again last night (starting the series over to wipe season 3 from my mind and remember when I loved this show.)
Damn this was a great episode! Every actor really brought it, and the scenes were moving and so well put together. I really loved it.
The ending, with Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary, and those old bones dropping into that slow, deep curtsy? Oh my, just genius on her face and on Claire Foy's face. Claire Foy can keep her outward face controlled and still, while still giving us SO much information, expression, feeling. SO GOOD.
I really need to find more Claire Foy projects, she's becoming a secret favorite of mine.
This episode from start to finish was so excellent, from Phillip staring down that elephant to Elizabeth happily and casually interacting with guests at her party, to coming to her husband in bed dressed in his shirt? The African actors were also outstanding thoughout, and brought so much, including the feel of actually being there, when that King came out as her car drove away? Wow. Claire's face again then, subtle, but that moment driving home her new responsibilities?
The scenes with the King, all of them? Again such outstanding acting and writing, so touching. Margaret flitting around flirting, her devotion to her dad, and that scene where her knees collapse are also standouts. Of course each scene with Pip Torrens as Tommy Lascelles just raves for all of those!
The scene where Harry Hadden-Paton as Martin Charteris finds out the King is dead and rushes to tell Elizabeth, and all of the supporting actors in those scenes also shone. I miss him being on screen.
Honestly, I could just keep going here. In retrospect, I think this episode is my all time favorite of the entire series.
ETA, OK, I HAVE to add Churchill and that cabinet for kudos, and that incredible speech, playing over the scenes? Wow.