Discover The Sets Behind Your Favourite “The Crown” Scenes ⇒ Netflix’s “The Crown” has been one of the most talked about shows since it began streaming in 2016, having stolen our hearts due to its personal portrayal of the Royal Family. Recently, actress Claire Foy won the Emmy for Best Actress in Drama for her leading role as Queen Elizabeth II, serving as a farewell present from portraying the character. In order to celebrate that, today Decor and Style brings you along on a journey through the different sets used to make the show as real as it can be.
1. Lancaster House
Since getting into Buckingham Palace is impossible, many of those scenes were filmed in Lancaster House instead. This lavishly decorated townhouse is just a stone’s throw away from Buckingham Palace on Pall Mall. Built in the 1820s, it was originally known as York House because it was commissioned by the “Grand Old” Duke of York. Throughout the 19th century, it was at the centre of political and high society.
2. Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral stands in for Westminster Abbey. It’s the backdrop to the Queen’s wedding, Coronation and the big argument where Prince Philip says: “Are you my Queen or my wife?” And doesn’t want to kneel before Elizabeth. For the Coronation scenes, the cathedral was filled with hundreds of extras, representing the various factions of the military, the Commonwealth, and other international dignitaries and royalty.
3. Eltham Palace
This stylish Art Deco house in South London was used for several scenes in episode eight – as the Queen’s quarters of the Royal Yacht Britannia, Bermuda Government House, the HMSS Queen Mary. They also filmed in the Swedish-designed, glass-domed entrance hall: it’s where the Queen meets fashion designer Norman Hartnell in his studio. It was used for the yacht because the first floor looks like cabins in luxury cruise liners would have in the 30s and 40s – with built-in, curved furniture and smooth veneered surfaces.
4. Greenwich Naval College
The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, in southeast London, was used for the Buckingham Palace courtyard, which we see a lot of: the many comings and goings of Churchill, Elizabeth visiting her parents when she and Philip lived at Clarence House, members of the family visiting the Queen. t began life as Greenwich Palace, one of the main royal palaces throughout the Tudor period. Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I were all born here, Henry’s second wife Anne Boleyn was arrested here, and Shakespeare performed here.
5. Shoreham Airport
This wonderful Art Deco airport near Shoreham-by-Sea, in West Sussex, is the oldest in England. It was used for many scenes, including when the Queen arrives back from South Africa after her father has died, and when she, Philip and Townsend travel to and from Northern Ireland. Founded in 1910, Shoreham Airport is now part of Brighton City Airport and is used by flying schools and private owners of light aeroplanes and aircraft.
6. Slains Castle
In episode eight, viewers see Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire when the Queen Mother goes to Scotland in 1952. It stands in as the castle she bought: Castle Mey in Caithness. The Queen Mother restored it and used it as a holiday home for the next half a century. Slains Castle, also known as New Slains Castle, was built in 16th century by 9th Earl of Erroll, a Catholic convert who wasn’t a fan of Queen Elizabeth I. It sits atop a cliff overlooking the North Sea, a kilometre down the coast from Cruden Bay village.
7. South Africa
South Africa doubled as Kenya in the early part of the series. Elizabeth and Philip head to Kenya for a Commonwealth tour and a short holiday, in lieu of her sick father. It’s where she learns of her father’s death, and when she becomes Queen.
Source: Radio Times