The star of The Crown is, unquestionably, Queen Elizabeth II. We watch the young monarch, played by Claire Foy, traverse the crucial ups and downs of the reign that helped shape her into the British icon she is today. That being said, when it comes to the new slate of episodes for the series, the scene-stealing Princess Margaret sashays off with both season two and my heart.
The first season of Netflix's £100 million drama delves into Princess Margaret's whirlwind romance with Peter Townsend, a divorcee 16 years her senior. But by season two, Princess Margaret — played with aplomb by the captivating Vanessa Kirby — is in recovery from her heartbreak, which she buries deep within herself by moodily chain-smoking, partying, and applying a copious amount of black eyeliner (who among us . . .). Stand-out episodes like "Beryl" and "Matrimonium" feature the rebellious royal's early days with enigmatic photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones (Matthew Goode) — whom she marries by the season finale — and end up being some of the most memorable parts of The Crown's run.
Queen Elizabeth's trip to Ghana and dinner with John F. Kennedy might have been gorgeous set pieces to anchor the season around, but it's the quiet scenes, like Tony shooting Margaret's "nude" photo and drunken, human breakdowns, that really breathe life into the season. From her best one-liners to her almost-sex scene with Tony, read on to see why Margaret is season two's true queen.