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Although a bit late to the party, we have in our house these past few weeks been binge-watching "The Crown".

Based on an award-winning play "The Audience" by Peter Morgan, this lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. The series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.

It is brilliantly acted, well written and captivating to watch. Claire Foye and Matt Smith are outstanding in their respective roles as the Queen and Prince Phillip.

It is fascinating to be reminded of so much of our nation's political, economic and social history and of those key events, people and moments of our more recent past.

Played out on a large canvas, with a national and indeed global perspective, 'The Crown' nonetheless, is quite simply as current events remind us, the story of a family, albeit a royal one.

At the very heart and centre of this acclaimed drama is the importance of relationships.

Families, in all their multifarious possibilities and make up, feature throughout the Bible and at the very heart and centre of our faith, we find the importance of relationships.

When it boils down to it our faith is not about rules and regulations at all — but quite simply about our relationship with God and of being part of his amazing, all encompassing, accepting and diverse family.

With love and God Bless

Keith

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