Season two of 'The Crown' premieres on Netflix on December 8. 

By Elisabeth Sherman
November 27, 2017

As 2017 wraps up, it seems like so many of our pop culture moments are being shaped by our British cousins, all because the British have, at their disposal, an endless source of entertainment, speculation, intrigue, and gossip: the royal family. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, recently announced that she is pregnant with her and Prince William’s third child. Just this morning, Kensington Palace finally revealed that Prince Harry is engaged to American actress Meghan Markle, bringing a ray of light and happiness to the world.

But a new generation of royals—as diverting as their exploits are to their devoted public—can only entertain for so long. It’s actually the inner lives and dramas of their older relatives—especially Queen Elizabeth II, her husband, and her sister, Princess Margaret—that still draw in audiences, especially when they're fictionalized to be even more sensational. That need to know more about these mostly-insulted lives probably explains the popularity of The Crown, which has captured audiences with its retelling of Queen Elizabeth’s early reign. In the first season, viewers watched as she navigated trying to be taken seriously as the new monarch, and a tumultuous engagement to Prince Philip.

The second season of the show premieres on December 8. The new season promises to keep delivering on the drama. Elizabeth is still struggling to form a stable relationship with her husband, while at the same time trying to ward off controversy despite her sister’s attempts to court scandalous rumors (Princess Margaret’s love was a frequent subject in the tabloids).  Another story arch, it seems, will focus on the British monarchy’s attempt to move into the modern age, leaving some its more archaic traditions in the past. Thankfully, we know everything turned out all right, as the British monarchy is still thriving today.

The whole series will be available on Netflix, which means that you are free to binge-watch it when it becomes available. If you’re thinking of having a viewing party, or just really want to get into the spirit of British life, why not consider cooking up a few English meals to accompany the show? Here are seven of our favorite British recipes you should make while watching The Crown.

English Crumpets

© Abby Hocking

Recipe here

Orange-Cranberry Scones with Turbinado Sugar

These pleasantly dense cranberry-studded scones get a toffee like flavor from light brown turbinado sugar, which has large, crunchy crystals. 

Recipe here

Eton Mess

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British Roast Vegetable Salad with Stilton

© Anne Faber

Recipe here

Shepard's Pie 

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Beans and Bacon on Buttered Toasts

Recipe here

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Recipe here