Crown Season 5 Timeline | What events does it cover?

Read on for a full timeline of events covered on the show.

Crown Season 5 Timeline


Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki in The Crown season 5. Keith Bernstein/Netflix

Charles and Diana’s trip to Italy – it was marketed as a “second honeymoon” to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. In the drama, Charles leaves the holidays early to return to England.

Andrew Morton’s book, Diana: Her True Story – The Princess recorded her answers to Morton’s questions remotely via tape, with her friend Dr James Colthurst delivering them to the reporter.

“The book trade didn’t think the world was interested in another Diana publication, so early subscriptions were paltry and only 18,000 copies were printed,” Morton told The Telegraph in 2015. sales because there weren’t enough books to go around. Likewise, no newspaper wanted to serialize it.

But that quickly changed.

“It was only when a friend of Princess Diana, who had a contact at News International, whispered that my story was true, that Andrew Neil, then editor of The Sunday Times, decided to review it. The book went on to sell around seven million copies in 80 countries, and I made over £1 million over several years.”


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Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce in The Crown season 5. Keith Bernstein/Netflix

‘Annus horribilis’ – 1992 was described as such by the Queen for a number of reasons:

The separation of Diana and Charles – the announcement came after 11 years of marriage.

“The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, while saddened, understand and sympathize with the difficulties which have led to this decision,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The fact is, with great sadness, they recognized that their continued relationship would be better off under separate domestic arrangements. They still love and fully support each other in fulfilling their individual public duties with as much heart than before.”

The separation of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson – Intimate photographs of Sarah vacationing with Texan multimillionaire Steve Wyatt have been published by the press. According to Vanity Fair, Diana first introduced the pair to each other.

The Divorce of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips – they had separated in 1989. Shortly after, her relationship with Timothy Laurence, to whom she remains married today, was made public.

Windsor Castle fire – A curtain beside the altar in Queen Victoria’s private chapel was set on fire by a faulty spotlight. 115 rooms were damaged and repairs cost around £36.5 million.


Charles and Camilla in a field of grass in The Crown season 5

Dominic West as Charles and Olivia Williams as Camilla in The Crown season 5. netflix

Dab – the transcript of a 1989 telephone conversation between Charles and Camilla has been made public. The audio was picked up by amateur radio and later published by the Daily Mirror. The newspaper waited until Charles’s marriage to Diana fell apart before moving forward. Camilla was married to Andrew Parker Bowles when the phone call happened.

It has been nicknamed both “Camillagate” and “Tampongate”, the latter referring to the following:

Charles: “Oh my God. I’ll just live inside your pants or something. That would be a lot easier!”

Camilla (laughing): “What will become of you, panties? (both laugh). Oh, you’ll come back in panties.”

Charles: “Or, God forbid, a Tampax. Just my luck! (Laughs)”


Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales in The Crown

Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales in The Crown season 5. Netflix/Keith Bernstein

Prince Charles interview with journalist Jonathan Dimbleby – in the TV conversation titled Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role, he discussed his marriage to Diana and his ‘friendship’ with Camilla, as well as his belief that the monarchy was in a ‘decisive time’ following repeated debates over the role of the royal family.

Diana’s revenge dress – she attended a Vanity Fair party at the Serpentine Gallery in the now iconic LBD on the same night as Dimbleby’s interview. It was made for her by Greek designer Christina Stambolian and has been described by The Telegraph Magazine as “The piece de resistance…the brave, mean, historic little ‘Serpentine Cocktail'”.

Boris Yeltsin – Prime Minister John Major traveled to Moscow to meet the Russian leader. He was the first Western leader to visit the country since the coup. Yeltsin then visited Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.

This episode also explores how the British royal family is related to the Romanovs.


Princess Diana's interview with Martin Bashir in The Crown

Princess Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir in The Crown season 5. netflix

Diana’s relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan – his relationship with the British-Pakistani heart surgeon ended in 1997, just five weeks before his death.

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, he said: “I found her a very normal person. We all have our downsides, but I found her a very normal person with great qualities and a few personal downsides, like bad habits. We all have drawbacks.”

He added: “I think she’s done a great job for the country and for people around the world – not just in the UK but everywhere. I think that’s important.”

Panorama interview of Diana with Martin Bashir – it was during this exchange that she noticed that there were “three people” in her marriage. Diana also claimed she “wouldn’t go quietly.” It was later discovered that the journalist had forged false documents to secure the interview.


Dominic West as Prince Charles and Olivia Williams as Camilla in The Crown.

Dominic West as Prince Charles and Olivia Williams as Camilla in season 5 of The Crown. netflix

Charles and Diana’s divorce – it was finalized almost 15 years after their marriage, but the couple had long since separated by then.

“After reviewing the current situation, the Queen wrote to the Prince and Princess earlier this week and expressed her view, supported by the Duke of Edinburgh, that an early divorce is desirable,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.

“The Prince of Wales also shares this view and has made this clear to the Princess of Wales since the letter.”


Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown season 5.

Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown season 5. Jay Brooks for Radio Times magazine

Labor wins general election – under Tony Blair and his New Labor banner, the party won a landslide victory, with the Conservative Party suffering its biggest defeat in its history. It was 18 years since the party was last in power. Blair was the youngest PM since Lord Liverpool in 1812.

The Royal Yacht Britannia will be decommissioned – it was launched by the Queen in 1953. Over time, the cost of maintaining it had become a source of fierce debate. His last official trip saw Charles visit Hong Kong to mark the region’s handover to China from the UK.

Season 5 also covers key events in the life of Mohamed Al-Fayed and his son Dodi:

Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed and Salim Dau as Mohamed Al-Fayed.

Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Al Fayed and Salim Dau as Mohamed Al-Fayed in The Crown season 5. netflix


Mohamed buys the Ritz hotel in Paris – this is the last place Diana and Dodi stayed before the fatal car accident.

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Chariots of Fire Oscar – the film was produced by Mohamed’s company Allied Stars LTD. Dodi was the general manager.


Diana and Dodi’s first meeting – Their paths first crossed at a polo match when she was still married to Charles. The couple only started dating in July 1997 after Diana joined Dodi and her father on vacation in Saint-Tropez.


Windsor Villa Renovation – after the death of the Duchess of Windsor (she was married to the former King of England Edward VIII), Mohamed leased the property and spent over $12 million to restore it to its former glory.

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