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Whether you’re suffering from The Crown withdrawal or smack-dab in the middle of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) and Prince Philip’s (Matt Smith) drama, these ten season two episode recaps are just what you need.

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‘The Crown’ Season 2, Episode 1 Recap: ‘Misadventure’

Queen Elizabeth II discovers an unsettling photograph just as Prince Philip heads out for a lengthy galavant around the globe. If that’s not bad enough, the U.K. is also on the brink of war with Egypt. Joy. 

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‘The Crown’ Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: ‘A Company of Men’

QEII feels the distance (literally and figuratively) between her and her hubby. Meanwhile, Philip is reminded of dark family memories during an interview in Australia.

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‘The Crown’ Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: ‘Lisbon’

The palace scrambles to cover up a scandal that promises to cast a negative light on Philip and, ipso facto, Elizabeth. Prime Minister Anthony Eden (Jeremy Northam) faces the music after his poor conduct with Egypt.

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‘The Crown’ Season 2, Episode 4 Recap: ‘Beryl’

Elizabeth and Philip throw a lavish ball in honor of their tenth anniversary, and dear Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) experiences some romantic problems of her own.

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‘The Crown’ Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: ‘Marionettes’

Elizabeth and co. feel the wrath of an outspoken journalist after the queen delivers a cringe-worthy speech at a Jaguar car factory.

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‘The Crown’ Season 2, Episode 6 Recap: ‘Vergangenheit’

As Prince Edward (Alex Jennings) plots his grand re-entrance to British high society, Queen Elizabeth uncovers some disturbing skeletons in his closet.

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‘The Crown’ Season 2, Episode 7 Recap: ‘Matrimonium’

Princess Mags learns that when one romantic door closes, another doesn’t necessarily open. Ho-hum.

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‘The Crown’ Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: ‘Dear Mrs. Kennedy’

The Kennedys come to visit Buckingham Palace, and let’s just say Jackie (Jodi Balfour) and Lillibet have an interesting friendship. 

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‘The Crown’ Season 2, Episode 9 Recap: ‘Paterfamilias’

Philip insists on sending the wee Prince Charles (Billy Jenkins) to his alma mater in Scotland and reflects on the terrible experiences he had there.

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‘The Crown’ Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: ‘Mystery Man’

Engulfed in even more royal scandal, Queen Liz heads to Scotland to rest during her difficult pregnancy. She and Philip may have finished out season two on a high note, but who knows what season three has in store for them. If only we didn’t have to wait until 2019 to find out…

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