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You failed to protect me; I will fail to protect you in turn. You reap what you sow... sister.

Princess Margaret to Queen Elizabeth

Gelignite is the sixth episode of Season 1 of Netflix television series The Crown.


Margaret and Peter come to Elizabeth with a request. With a royal scandal about to break in the newspapers, the Queen Mother intervenes.

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Historical Notes[]

  • Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was an active participant in a long-standing men's gourmet society he calls "The Lunch Club" (or more officially, The Thursday Club). A typical meeting might include 10-15 members, including Philip, Lord Louis Mountbatten, actors David Niven and Peter Ustinov or photographer Cecil Beaton. The club meeting featured was held in a second-floor event room at Rules, the oldest restaurant in London.


  • Elizabeth is petty and decides to send Group Captain Townsend away early, as he is more popular than she. The final straw that solidifies her decision is her jealousy of their relationship; Peter and Margaret's shared interest and time they wish to spend together compared to Phillip's absence from Buckingham Palace, complaints and wandering eye.
  • Gelignite is a type of explosive. The title serves as a metaphor for the impact of the news of Princess Margaret's involvement with Group Captain Peter Townsend.
  • Lambeg drummers are drum corps from among the Unionist (Protestants) of Northern Ireland, and are strongly associated both the historical domination of the Catholics of Ireland, and in particular, the "Marching Season", when Protestant organizations engaged in marches through the Catholic neighborhoods, celebrating the victory of William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne.


Season 1
Wolferton SplashHyde Park CornerWindsorAct of GodSmoke and MirrorsGeligniteScientia Potentia EstPride & JoyAssassinsGloriana