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See How the Actors on The Crown Compare to Their Real-Life Counterparts

The Crown Season 1 Photo: Netflix; Getty Images

Netflix’s most expensive original series yet, The Crown, portrays the real-life fairytale of Queen Elizabeth II’s life, complete with ball gowns, sparkly tiaras, and many, many corgis. But the series, premiering November 4, is more of a coming-of-age story about a princess quickly thrown into a life of rules, standards, and expectations when her father, the king, dies unexpectedly. Ahead of the premiere, we’ve put together a little guide to all the main historical figures on the show to help you keep the facts straight, and judge how much the actors look like their real-life counterparts.

The Crown: Your Guide to the Key Figures