Swinging London - Cultural Icons: 1960s - Biography

Swinging London - Cultural Icons: 1960s

The 1960s were a time of significant cultural and social change in London. The post-World War II era, coined "Swinging London," saw a youth-driven shift in culture, from old to new. Symbolized by famous faces like English supermodels Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy to "British Invasion" rock bands like the Beatles and Cream, the era created a fresh and modern approach to everything from fashion to music to cultural attitudes. 

In the third season of Netflix's The Crown, which chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the show delves further into this pivotal era, notably reflected through the personal drama of the Queen's sister Princess Margaret and her eccentric husband Antony Armstrong-Jones (aka Lord Snowdon), who end up divorcing in 1978. The Queen herself will a have a bit of an identity crisis as she begins feeling alienated from her younger sister and her husband Prince Philip, while watching the culture shift dramatically as she remains a stalwart of tradition. 

For season 3 and 4, actress Olivia Colman will play the Queen in middle age, while Helena Bonham-Carter will be cast as the scandalous Margaret.

Biography.com looks at these figures and all of the other inspirational forces behind the "Swinging London" revolution.