The Netflix drama – which is based on actual events but not entirely factual – follows the life of the British Royal Family since the death of King George VI in 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II takes the throne.Here are some facts you need to know about iconic women while watching – or binging – the new season:
- The late Princess Diana was born on July 1, 1961 in Sandringham in a house close to the royal estate in which the Windsors spent much of their time, according to the Royal Household website.
- Diana had two older sisters, Sarah and Jane, and a younger brother, Charles. Sarah and Prince Charles briefly met in the late 1970s, and Sarah eventually gave her younger sister the royal heir.
- Diana worked as a nanny and kindergarten teacher shortly before marrying Prince Charles in 1981.
- Diana was only 20 when she married Charles – he was 32.
- Diana shared details of her life with British biographer Andrew Morton who in 1992 published “Diana: Her True Story” which details her bulimia and suicide attempts during the 1980s.
- Diana became the first royal bride to omit the promise to “obey” her husband in her marriage vows. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle both followed their late mother-in-law’s lead by omitting the words of their wishes.
- Diana played a major role in changing perceptions of HIV / AIDS in the mid-1980s after she was photographed shaking hands with a man with the disease without gloves.
- Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997, along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed. Diana’s two children, Prince William and Prince Harry, have accused the paparazzi of their mother’s death.
- Margaret Thatcher was the first woman to hold the post of British Prime Minister. She also became the oldest prime minister of the 20th century after nearly 12 years in office.
- Thatcher was given her nickname “Iron Lady” by Soviet journalists after a 1976 speech in which she condemned Communism.
- Thatcher worked as a food specialist before entering politics. She graduated from Oxford University in 1947 with a degree in chemistry.
- She married wealthy industrialist Denis Thatcher in 1951 and gave birth to twins Carol and Mark in 1953, according to a biography of Britannica.
- Thatcher’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth II has been described in the media as “icy”, but Thatcher seems to contradict this in her memoir by saying: “I have always found the Queen’s attitude to the work of government absolutely correct. … Stories of clashes between ‘two powerful women were just too good not to reconcile. ”
- Thatcher survived an assassination attempt in 1984 when the Irish Republican Army bombed a hotel where she and other senior government officials were gathered.
- Thatcher died of a stroke in London at the age of 87 on April 8, 2013.