The actual terms used in ‘The Crown’ you should know for this new season

Between reality and fiction, there is the controversial but famous Netflix series that portrays the life of the British monarchy. In fact, shortly after the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022, the program announced that its fifth season would premiere on November 9. 

Now, this production brings many new things, including a new queen, since Imelda Staunton was the actress chosen to portray Elizabeth II during the 90s. 

The truth is that this season is one of the most anticipated by fans, as it is expected to also tell the story of the divorce of the now King Charles III and Princess Diana of Wales, in addition to his death. 

For this reason and so that you understand everything that is happening in ‘The Crown’, here we bring you the lexicon that accompanies the political and personal events that marked the reign of Elizabeth II from the hand of the expert linguists of the language learning platform babbel.

The crown lexicon  in The Crown


This term refers to “a political community founded for the common good in the 15th century” that is made up of 53 international member states and where the queen was the head of state. 


“Succession represents the order in which members of the royal family are in line to occupy the throne. In most cases, the succession goes to who was born first. Thus the British line of succession begins with Charles, Prince of Wales, who has now become King.


“Accession means the acquisition of a position of rank of power. It can be used to evoke accession to the throne but also the assumption of the role of “ruler of the country”. The accession of Elizabeth II to the throne took place in 1952: therefore, Queen Elizabeth II remained queen for 70 years.


 “To abdicate the throne is to retire and absolve oneself from royal duties and from monarchical power.”


“The jubilee is the official celebration of the anniversary of the coronation or accession to the throne of the king or queen. This word comes from the Old French jubile , which meant “birthday, celebration, or rejoicing.”

“As with wedding anniversaries, the word is often used in conjunction with special terms indicating length of reign, such as this year’s Platinum Jubilee, which marked the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession.” , explains one of the linguists. 

Peer titles: 

“Historically, these were the titles given to members of the royal family, or peers to indicate their rank and status within the royal circle, when they became ‘peers of the realm’. This meant that a person had a royal title granted by the Queen or inherited by birth.

Letters Patent: 

“Members of the Royal Family become Peers of the Realm after receiving an official letter, called a Letter Patent, written and signed by the Queen or King herself.”

Queen consort: 

“The title of queen consort is bestowed on the wife of a king who has married into the royal family. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, has legally become Queen Consort following Charles’ accession to the throne.”

reigning queen: 

“This is the correct term to name Elizabeth II, because unlike the queen consort, the reigning queen ascended the throne by birthright. This means that she is a queen in her own right, possessing all the powers of a monarch.”

Earl o Conde: 

This is the third highest peerage title, second only to Duke.