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The Crown: Season 3, Episode 1: Olding

The Crown historical drama television series chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s in a set of stories told in each episode with varying degrees of historical accuracy. Selected below are contemporary images from the Collection of some of the individuals portrayed within each episode.

Season 3, Episode 1: Olding
This episode covers the Labour Party winning the October 1964 General Election, the death of Winston Churchill and Cold War politics in the form of the conspiracy theory that the Labour leader Harold Wilson was a KGB spy (codename 'Olding') and the Queen being informed of the unearthing of the art historian and Survey of the Queen's Pictures, Anthony Blunt, as a KGB mole. It begins with the Queen being presented with a new stamp featuring her profile, marking the transition from Claire Foy to Olivia Colman in the lead role.

Season 3, Episode 1: OldingSeason 3, Episode 2: MargaretologySeason 3, Episode 3: AberfanSeason 3, Episode 4: Bubbikins

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Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark; Queen Elizabeth II; Anthony Blunt
by Press Association Photos
19 February 1959
NPG x137496

Anthony Blunt
by Lord Snowdon
24 October 1963
NPG P1943

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