The Royal Oak Foundation Presented The Crown to a Sell-Out Audience
On Friday, November 17, 2017, the Royal Oak Foundation and the Princeton Club hosted an exclusive program about the Netflix hit miniseries, The Crown. Scandal, intrigue, marital strife The Crown had it all and turned the British monarch into a television phenomenon.
Close to 200 people came out that evening to join best-selling author and royal historian, Robert Lacey, for a lecture, book signing and reception to hear him uncover the truth behind the series with his newly-released book, The Crown: The Official Companion Volume I. Lacey’s book featured rich historical commentary, photography, and authentic accounts on the making of a young queen.
Robert Lacey is a renowned British historian, the author of numerous international bestsellers, and the historical consultant on The Crown. For forty years, Lacey has been writing about Queen Elizabeth II and her extraordinary life, making him an expert of her long reign. Majesty, his pioneering biography of the Queen, is the definitive study of British monarchy—a subject on which Lacey lectures around the world, appearing regularly on television.
Lacey’s presentation focused on disentangling facts from the fictions of this acclaimed docu-drama from Netflix. Using Season I episodes (as Season II was not yet released), the audience was shown short clips followed by Lacey’s commentary on the details of what was based on known truths and what was artistic license. The creators used the latter to fill in when facts were not clear or when it might add some intrigue that would create a buzz around the series.