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The Crown, the Netflix series chronicling Queen Elizabeth’s reign, recently returned with its third chapter in November, but die-hard fans of the show are already getting excited about season four, when the story will introduce Princess Diana, and, as actor Josh O’Connor says, show a “different side” of Prince Charles.

Helping to fuel that buzz: Olivia Colman’s Golden Globes win for her role as Elizabeth II and the show’s SAG award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series.

“It’s the most fun job and I’m amazed that we get a prize on top of the fun doing it,” Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Princess Margaret said, accepting the SAG award. “I’ve had the time of my life.”

Here’s everything we know so far about what’s next for the series:

We could see new episodes in 2020.

An official premiere date has yet to be shared publicly, but in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, O’Connor hinted that season four could arrive later this year.

“We’re well into it now,” he said about filming the show’s next chapter. “We’ve got many months left, they’ve got a few episodes in, so it’s really exciting. And I think it will be the best yet, actually. I’m really looking forward to finishing that and then getting to share it sometime in 2020, I guess.”

We’ll continue to update, as more information is revealed about the timing of season four.

The first photos from season four were just revealed.

Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin in character as Prince Charles and Princess Diana during filming of The Crown’s fourth season. Enrico Borra/Splash News

This snapshot shows actors Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles, and Emma Corrin, who has been cast as Princess Diana, filming in Spain, but recreating an iconic moment from Charles and Diana’s 1983 royal tour of Australia. Notably this official visit was the first time that Diana had traveled overseas, and also Prince William’s first royal tour at just nine months old.

Here’s another picture of Corrin in costume, again recreating that iconic tour of Australia:

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There will be a few changes to the cast for season four.

Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher.

Gillian Anderson in costume as Margaret Thatcher (right) alongside the politician herself (left). Getty / Splash

Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Sex Education) is set to play the first woman prime minister of the U.K. The show announced the news on social media, noting that season four was already in production. “Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised defined an era,” Anderson said in a statement.

Previously, several outlets had reported that she’d been cast, but The Crown had yet to comment on the news.

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The first image of Anderson in costume (above) surfaced in mid-October, as filming on the fourth season began.

Princess Diana will also be introduced in season four.

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In April, Netflix shared the news that Emma Corrin, a relative newcomer who has appeared on Grantchester, will be playing the late Princess of Wales.

“I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal,” Corrin said in a statement about the role. “Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do her justice.”

Diana will be introduced in season four, which has begun filming.

Previously, the Sun published what it purported to be an ad for the role, which called for an actress between the ages of 18 and 20. “We need a mesmerizing new young star with extraordinary range,” it reads, per the Sun. “She has to play charming comedy, flirt and social exhibitionist on the world stage, desperate and lonely self-harmer at her lowest ebb and the kind of psychological intensity of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby.”

Most of the rest of the season’s cast is already in place.

While there was an enormous upheaval between seasons two and three—showrunner Peter Morgan famously recast the entire show—the majority of the characters will be played by the same actors in seasons three and four. For example, Olivia Colman will star as Queen Elizabeth in both seasons, and Helena Bonham-Carter will portray Princess Margaret.

“It was very sad to say goodbye to the season one and two cast; they were brilliant and we’d all become friends,” executive producer Suzanne Mackie told the Hollywood Reporter of the process. “But I don’t think any other show has recast its characters between seasons, so there is something both nerve-wracking and exhilarating too.”

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Seasons three and four are being filmed back-to-back.

Hopefully that means fans of the show won’t have to wait such a long time between installments. At this point, Netflix has yet to confirm a schedule for future seasons of the show. Morgan has previously said he hopes for the show to run for six seasons. Season three of The Crown will premiere on Netflix on Sunday, November 17.

Here’s what else we know about the plot so far.

Michael Fagan will make an appearance in season four.

Buckingham Palace’s most famous intruder, who broke into the Queen’s bedroom in 1982, will reportedly make an appearance in the show’s fourth chapter. According to the Daily Mail, he’ll be played by actor Tom Brooke.

Actor Josh O’Connor says that season four will show a “different side” of Prince Charles.

“I don’t want to give anything away, but I’ll say that hopefully, people will feel sorry for Charles in season three, and then, maybe, we’ll change that in season four,” he said in an interview with T&C about season three.

“Certainly, it feels like there’s a definite shift being told in season three. And all across four, there’s definitely a different side to Charles that we’re going to see.

A scene will reportedly take place outside the Barnado’s Champion Children Awards.

Corrin was photographed in January filming at the Savoy Hotel, and recreating one of Diana’s iconic appearances at the event.

Here are a few other predictions we have for the plot.

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‘The Crown’ Season 4: Everything You Need To Know

Who will star in The Crown season 4?

Per tradition, the cast of The Crown season three will return for a second round of the royal drama. Academy Award winner Olivia Colman will reprise the role of Queen Elizabeth II, first played by the enigmatic Claire Foy. Foy is also said to be making an appearance in season four, having been spotted on set filming scenes from what is believed to be a recreation of the Queen’s 21st birthday broadcast from Cape Town, South Africa in 1947.

Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies will continue as Princess Margaret (originally portrayed by Vanessa Kirby) and Prince Philip (originally portrayed by Matt Smith).

As for the younger generation of royals, Josh O’Connor will return as Prince Charles, while Erin Doherty and Emerald Fennell will continue to portray Princess Anne and Camilla, respectively.

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Perhaps most excitingly, season four will be our first introduction to a young Diana, Princess of Wales, played by newcomer Emma Corrin.

“Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer. As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation,” Peter Morgan, The Crown’s creator, said of casting Corrin.

Emma Corrin

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“ beyond excited and honoured to be joining The Crown for its fourth season,” Corrin told The Hollywood Reporter when the news was first revealed. “I have been glued to the show since the first episode, and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal. Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To be given the chance to explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do her justice!”

Gillian Anderson will join the cast in the role of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, too.

When does filming for The Crown season 4 begin?

As mentioned, filming is already underway for season four of The Crown, so the wait shouldn’t be interminable. Members of the cast both past and present have been spotted filming scenes, including Foy’s aforementioned flashback.

Other scenes that appear to have been filmed include Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s 1983 Royal Tour of Australia, with Corrin and O’Connor spotted in Spain in 2019 recreating their journey. Corrin was pictured wearing a handful of the late Princess Diana’s most famous ensembles from the trip, including a head-to-toe pink look worn in Perth, and an all-white outfit from the couple’s visit to Ayers Rock.

The Prince and Princess of Wales at an open-air children’s display at Perth Hockey Stadium in Bentley, Perth in 1983.

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In 2020, Corrin has been spotted filming additional scenes around the UK. A recent snap of the actor on set shows her waving to photographers outside The Savoy in London. The scene calls to mind Princess Diana’s arrival at the hotel for the Barnardo’s Champion Awards in 1989, and Corrin’s costume – a floral, one-shoulder dress – reflects one of the royal’s favourite silhouettes. She frequently wore dressed with asymmetric necklines by one of her go-to designers, Catherine Walker.

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Additionally, Corrin and O’Connor have been seen filming scenes together in Winchester. Corrin’s outfit – a high neck blue floral dress, beige overcoat and white court shoes – suggests the cast was filming a recreation of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s final wedding rehearsal at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981.

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The rehearsal saw a 20-year-old Diana and her groom making final preparations for the royal wedding, which the world got to see in July 1981.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana hold hands as they leave St Paul’s after their wedding rehearsal in 1981

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What will be covered in the plot of The Crown Season 4?

Season three picked up the storyline around 1964, tackling Harold Wilson’s election as Prime Minister and ending with Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. It’s thought likely that season four will unfold against the backdrop of the ’80s and early ’90s – a memorably tumultuous time for The Firm.

Thatcher served as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, so it’s fair to assume that she will feature heavily in the drama. Weighty political events from the period include the Falklands War and the miners’ strike.

The marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana will no doubt be dissected, along with their separation and divorce. Their wedding day, which took place on July 29, 1981, arguably deserves a dedicated episode all of its own.

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Princes William and Harry, born in 1982 and 1984, respectively, will no doubt make their first appearances within the series, albeit as infants. Prince William did accompany his parents on the 1983 tour of Australia, though there was no sign of a baby in the glimpses of filming that have emerged.

It’s also safe to assume a newly divorced Princess Margaret will continue to command screen time.

Otherwise, the infamous Buckingham House intruder, Michael Fagan, who broke into Her Majesty’s bedroom in 1982 could present an interesting storyline for show creator Peter Morgan, likewise Marcus Sarjeant, the man who fired six blank shots at the Queen during the 1981 Trooping the Colour.

Is there a trailer for The Crown Season 4?

No, the trailer for season four of The Crown has yet to be released, but when it airs be sure to keep an eye out for your first official glimpse of Corrin as Princess Diana.

What is the release date for season 4 of The Crown?

It’s unclear exactly when The Crown season four will be released on Netflix, but with season three having landed in November 2019, show aficionados are betting on November or December 2020 for the arrival of the next installment.

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How many further seasons will there be after The Crown Season 4?

Peter Morgan has planned for four additional seasons of The Crown, all written by him.

Who will be cast in season 5 of The Crown?

As yet, we can only speculate as to who will replace the current cast, although we have some theories. What we do know is that the actors cast in seasons five and six will take up the mantle for two seasons, which could take us right up to present day and potentially the introduction of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to the family.

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Regularly recasting the roles of Elizabeth, Philip and other royals in efforts to reflect their advancing ages, was always part of the plan. “I think that the longest you can believe an actor in an aging part is about 20 years,” Mr. Morgan said in November. “Right from the start, we decided that if it all worked and kept going, we would recast every two seasons.”

Ms. Foy famously kicked off the first two seasons, playing a young Elizabeth before she inherited the crown and in the early years of her transformation into a powerful global figure. Her star turn won a Golden Globe in 2017 and an Emmy in 2018.

In November, Netflix released the third season starring Ms. Colman as the queen in the 1960s and 1970s, navigating political and economic issues as well as handling complicated family dynamics with her eldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, and the death of her uncle and former king, Prince Edward. Ms. Colman, who won a Golden Globe this year for her performance, will continue in the role again in the fourth season.

Since the show began, it has been widely recognized, winning multiple awards at the Emmys, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes, where it won in 2017 for best television drama.

A release date has not yet been announced for the fourth season, but it will cover Margaret Thatcher’s premiership and most likely will also include Prince Charles’s relationship with Princess Diana, as evidenced by paparazzi photos.

It was not immediately clear how far season five will go into the modern era of the royal family, especially the most recent news-grabbing headlines.

When is The Crown season 3 on Netflix? Cast, plot and true story behind the drama

The Crown is the poster child for streaming giant Netflix, a lavish big budget drama with an irresistible subject matter: the British royal family.

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Olivia Colman succeeds Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in season three of Netflix’s royal biopic. Following Foy’s Emmy best actress win for her role in the Netflix drama, expectations are high for Oscar winner Colman’s performance.

After a prolonged search, Tobias Menzies joined the show in March 2018 as Prince Philip, replacing Matt Smith. With Claire Foy and Matt Smith now gone, the drama is about to move into a new era both with a rebooted cast and with time moving forward in this epic story of the most famous family on the planet.

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What date and time is The Crown season three released on Netflix?

The Crown season three was released on Sunday 17th November 2019 at 8am (GMT).

All ten episodes of The Crown season three are available to stream on Netflix now.

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While season one was released in November 2016 and season two in December 2017 – just in time for Christmas – Netflix was always anticipating a longer break in between seasons two and three due to the introduction of the brand new cast.

But it shouldn’t be another two-year wait for the next instalment, as season four is already in production. “We start again with season four in August,” Colman confirmed following her Oscar win in February.

And after season four, we’ll be set for yet another cast change-over…

Why have the original actors been replaced?

Unusually for a TV drama, The Crown has been produced with changes in the central cast in mind.

The plan from the beginning has been to tell the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign across six seasons of 10 episodes each, with the cast reseting after the second and fourth seasons.

What is going to happen in The Crown season 3?

The third and fourth series will span the years 1964-77, with series one and two having covered the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, from 1947-63.

Show-runner Peter Morgan confirmed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the new season will focus less upon Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II’s relationship – which he suggests became settled after the years of turmoil depicted in season two – and more on the breakdown of the marriage of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon.

He added that Charles and Camilla will be a central focus of the season, too.

“People always assume Charles cheated on Diana with Camilla,” he says. “It’s absolutely the wrong way round. He was deeply in love with Camilla and forced to marry Diana.”

On top of this, the series will see the monarch cultivating her steadiest relationship with a Prime Minister yet in Harold Wilson, who served as head of the British government during this period.

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New star Tobias Menzies revealed to RadioTimes.com that the series will include an episode on the Apollo 11 moon landing, and how Prince Philip reacted to the momentous event in history.

“We’ve just been shooting a really interesting episode which was all tied into the moon landings in ’69,” he revealed.

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“ Peter has taken this angle that Philip gets very absorbed by the heroism of these men compared to what maybe he hasn’t done with his own life.”

Series three should also cover Prince Charles’ movement into the public eye following his coronation as the Prince of Wales in 1969.

Josh O’Connor, who plays the young prince, says the new series introduces Charles while he is still a student.

“We start off with Charles at Cambridge University, that’s where we bring him into the series,” he told RadioTimes.com. “This is where we scale a significant part of his life which I feel so honoured and excited to tell the story. And tell a very different side of the story that we may not have seen or have known about.”

Is there a trailer for The Crown?

Yes! We now have our first full trailer. Check it out below.

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And here’s a shorter teaser:

Who is in the cast of The Crown?

The Queen: Olivia Colman was the first new cast member announced – she replaces Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II.

Netflix has seemingly struck gold with the casting, especially after Colman won the Oscar for playing a different queen in 2018 film The Favourite.

She told RadioTimes.com about the moment when she knew she was in the running for the role.

“I got a phone call from my agent when I was in a car ,” she said. “I think I had fairly recently finished watching the first series, which I think I had done in about three nights – and so I was very excited. My agent was trying to be subtle, not knowing who was in the car with me and she went, ‘It’s something about a tiara’, and I went, ‘Oh, it’s The Crown!’”

Check out the full interview below.

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She has also warned people however that her role as Queen Elizabeth will be very different compared to her Oscar-winning performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

“You can’t compare the two. They both have the word ‘queen’ in the title but that’s it, that’s where it ends,” she said in a post-Oscars interview with ABC.

“Queen Elizabeth’s much harder to play. There are sort of no rules for Queen Anne: no one can say, ‘She doesn’t sound like that.’”

Prince Philip: In late March 2018, it was announced that Outlander star Tobias Menzies would be filling the role of Prince Philip, after much speculation (it was initially rumoured that Paul Bettany was in line to replace Matt Smith).

Explaining how he prepared to play the Duke of Edinburgh, Menzies told RadioTimes.com, “I just listened to him loads. It’s partly a technical thing: you want to sound and look like him, but move like him too. I’ve gone slightly crazy just listening to him and listening to him.”

Princess Margaret Veteran actress Helena Bonham Carter has taken on the role of Princess Margaret in series three, after Netflix confirmed the long-rumoured casting.

In January 2018, Vanessa Kirby, the actress who played Margaret in the first two series, shared an Instagram picture with Bonham Carter along with the caption “honoured”. She tagged The Crown’s official Instagram account, too.

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Line of Duty star Jason Watkins plays Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

Call the Midwife actor Erin Doherty has taken the role of Princess Anne.

Prince Charles The Durrells star Josh O’Connor plays Prince Charles in a key period in the Prince of Wales’s history. O’Connor joked he had “the ears for the part”.

But appearances aside, O’Connor has stated that he’s not looking to entirely mimic Prince Charles, stating his role in The Crown is distinct from the real-life heir to the throne.

“What Peter Morgan does is that he doesn’t just present us with what we can see on YouTube. He goes behind the closed doors,” he said at the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival.

“It’s ticking little things people can register and identify as Prince Charles but going beyond that and creating a full character that isn’t just Prince Charles, and is something else.”

The Queen Mother is played by Marion Bailey.

In October 2018, Netflix confirmed that Call the Midwife star Emerald Fennell would play the key role of Camilla Shand (now known as Camilla Parker-Bowles, or the Duchess of Cornwall) – Prince Charles’ future wife.

“I’m absolutely over the moon and completely terrified to be joining so many hugely talented people on The Crown,” Fennell said, adding cheekily, “I absolutely love Camilla, and am very grateful that my teenage years have well prepared me for playing a chain-smoking serial snogger with a pudding bowl hair cut.”

Winston Churchill makes one final appearance in The Crown season three, as John Lithgow returns to play the former Prime Minister. He is the only original actor to escape re-casting.

Game of Thrones star Charles Dance appears in The Crown too, playing Prince Charles’ favourite great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten.

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The X-Files and Sex Education star Gillian Anderson meanwhile will play Margaret Thatcher in season four.

Will Princess Diana feature in The Crown season three?

Emma Corrin will play Lady Diana Spencer (the future Princess of Wales) in The Crown.

While Corrin has been cast in the Netflix series, she won’t make her first on-screen appearance until season four. However, with filming beginning on the fourth season, her casting was confirmed in April 2019.

“I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal,” Corrin said.

“Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity and I will strive to do her justice!” she added.

Her new co-star O’Connor later praised the casting, telling RadioTimes.com, “I’ve met her and I think she is young but she’s totally on point. She’s an incredible talent.”

How similar do the new cast of The Crown look to the actual royals?

While Colman will be familiar to British drama fans, it’s striking just how similar she appears to Queen Elizabeth II in her first official photo in costume.

And she’s not the only one: looking back at photos from the time, we can see that the new cast could well be very suited to their roles. Check out the comparisons here.

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Is there going to be a season four of The Crown?

Yes, season four of The Crown will follow in 2020 with the same main characters, with a further two seasons (and a further cast reset) due in the following couple of years. So plenty more to look forward to for fans of the show.

‘The Crown’ Season 4: All the Details (So Far)

From the beginning, Netflix’s royal drama The Crown was always meant to run for multiple seasons, with different casts taking over the roles during three separate periods in Queen Elizabeth II’s life.

Creator Peter Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter that while initially he thought of his series as a three-season story taking place over 60 years, with a new cast dramatizing a different period in the British monarch’s life each year, he quickly realized that compressing 20 years of British history into a single season of television would be too large an undertaking.

“I don’t want you to think that I was audacious enough to go somewhere and ask for a six-season pitch,” he told TV’s Top 5 podcast hosts Daniel Fienberg and Lesley Goldberg during a November interview mere days after season three launched. “I really never imagined that, and barely imagined it getting recommissioned to even do the middle-aged, as it were, part. But it just seems to have worked out.”

Netflix renewed The Crown for two seasons back in 2017, and when the third season premiered Nov. 17, the fourth was already in production in the U.K.

The Hollywood Reporter has gathered everything to know about the upcoming fourth season, along with what Morgan has said about the royal drama’s future. Bookmark this page as The Hollywood Reporter will continue to update as more details become official.

The Time Period

The first two seasons, which starred Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, covered around the first two decades of the titular monarch’s reign, beginning with her ascension to the throne in 1952 and ending shortly after the birth of her fourth child, Prince Edward, in the mid 1960s.

Season three introduced Olivia Colman as Elizabeth, Helena Bonham Carter as her younger sister Princess Margaret (originated by Vanessa Kirby) and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip (originated by Matt Smith). The 10 episodes focused on the 1964-70 and 1974-76 terms of Prime Minister Howard Wilson, ending with the Winter of Discontent in the late 1970s, right when Princess Margaret’s marriage was crumbling.

Season four will take place during the 1980s, and will introduce two important historical figures: Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher. One important historical event that took place during the era, which coincided with the term of Britain’s first female Prime Minister (from 1979 to 1990), is Charles and Diana’s wedding.

Future Seasons

While The Crown has not been officially renewed for fifth and sixth seasons, Morgan said Netflix is “interested.” And he is right, per what Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said in 2016: “This is going to take Queen Elizabeth from age 29 to, presumably, the current day. We’ll see it lay out over decades. The idea is to do this over six decades in six seasons presumably, and make the whole show over eight to 10 years.”

Morgan told THR that when planning each season, he maps out the timeline first and then narrows down the events he wants to cover.

“The first knee-jerk ideas you have when you think of a decade are shaped by all the reductive nonsense that we do when we reduce a decade to its barest, least interesting components and then we pack it up and wrap it up and call it history,” he said — but then he goes back and takes a deeper look at what happened during the time period he’s covering. (Listen to Morgan’s full interview with TV’s Top 5 above, starting at the 32:16 mark.)

“You have to then go look at others. At the same time, you do still need that decade to be recognizable as that decade by not going too obscure. And so that’s what I try and do. I try and find both a handful of these …and then hopefully a whole lot of things that have been forgotten by history.”

One thing he has found: an end point for the series — and it’s something that has already happened.

“You need at least a decade, in my view, to separate yourself from the events that you’re writing about,” he said. “Something has already happened that I think is the end, but you can’t ever say what the end is because things change and the minute things change historically you begin to have to respond in some shape or form, even in your thinking. So I have an idea — but it’s only an idea.”

Returning Cast: Season 4

Colman, Bonham Carter and Menzies are set to return as the royal trio in season four, as will Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and Erin Doherty as Princess Anne. Also returning: Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother and Killing Eve season two showrunner Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles.

New Cast: Season 4

Emma Corrin as Princess Diana

Newcomer Corrin, who made her feature film debut in 2019 historical drama Misbehaviour and her series regular TV debut in Epix’s Batman prequel Pennyworth, will play the future Princess of Wales.

“Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer. As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation,” Morgan said in a statement announcing her casting. Read her first interview about the role here.

Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher

While initial reports presumed Anderson would take on her latest high-profile role in season three, the Iron Lady will not be introduced until season four debuts on Netflix. The X-Files alum Anderson — who has been dating creator Morgan since 2016 — will take on the part.

“I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of The Crown and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman,” Anderson said in a statement when her casting was announced. “Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era.”

New Cast: Season 5

Despite the fact that seasons five and six have not been officially ordered, Morgan has begun thinking about who he’d want to play the Queen. “You can’t go to the actor’s agents and say, ‘We want to approach such and such’ because I haven’t had a green light yet. But at the same time…I think Netflix are interested and…we did start with this idea of all three, so of course the hope is that there will be a final installment.”

At the time he spoke with THR, he hadn’t been able to approach anyone for the role because he didn’t want to approach seasoned actors without a firm offer — and that can’t be done until Netflix officially renews it.

“I think if they were young, untried and untested actors you probably could start that process on a speculative basis, but you can’t with serious professionals of experience,” he said. “And their agents are ferocious and wouldn’t let you. So right now it’s a blank sheet.”

However, Imelda Staunton is in talks to take over the role of Queen Elizabeth from Colman. Netflix downplayed the report as technically seasons five and six have yet to be formally announced. This post will be updated when any casting news is official.

Return Date

Production on season four began before season three premiered, which means it’s likely to follow the same release pattern as seasons one and two. Season one aired in November 2016 followed by season two in December 2017; with season three’s release in November 2019, season four should arrive in late 2020. A formal return date or window has not yet been determined.

Bookmark this page as THR will continue to update it as more information, including a return date, becomes available.

The season premiered on Sunday, November 17.

A teaser trailer released in August revealed season three’s drop date, but it’s unclear exactly what time the episodes will drop. Watch the clip below:

Season Three of The Crown, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, arrives 17th November. pic.twitter.com/eKPcUOq5Sp

— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) August 12, 2019

New posters reveal the season’s tagline: “Times change. Duty endures.”

First, a poster featuring the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince Philip was shared on Twitter:

A new era begins. Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, and Josh O’Connor star in The Crown Season 3. 17th November. pic.twitter.com/5sRApxrN9Z

— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) October 15, 2019

And then, a series of posters, with each one featuring a different character: the Queen, Philip, Anne, Charles, and Margaret, was posted on Instagram. Swipe through to see them all:

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The full trailer shows how times have changed for the royal family.

The clip previews not only the Queen’s jubilee, but also the British monarch Charles’s relationship with Camilla Shand, Erin Doherty’s performance as Princess Anne, Princess Margaret’s crumbling marriage, and a changing political climate. Watch it here:

A second trailer featuring commentary from Peter Morgan, producer Suzanne Mackie, and members of the cast, previews several other moments from season three, including Camilla’s wedding to Andrew Parker Bowles.

There will be an entirely new cast for season three.

Notably, Academy Award winner Olivia Colman is taking over for Claire Foy, who played the Queen in seasons one and two. Tobias Mezies, who is well-known for roles in Outlander and Game of Thrones, will play Philip, and Helena Bonham Carter will portray Princess Margaret.

Other additions to the cast include Marion Bailey, who will play the Queen Mother and Josh O’Connor, who will play Prince Charles. Erin Doherty, a relative newcomer will appear on-screen as Princess Anne, and Ben Daniels will play Princess Margaret’s husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones.

“After being glued to the first two seasons of The Crown I am beyond thrilled to be joining the cast of this incredible piece of television. Snowdon was such a dynamic and complex man, I’m really looking forward to playing him,” Daniels told Variety in June of last year.

Jason Watkins is also joining the cast as Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and Game of Thrones alum Charles Dance will appear in season three as Lord Mountbatten.

The Queen’s eye color has proven impossible to replicate.

In seasons one and two, the British monarch’s blue eyes were fairly easy to imitate, as Claire Foy naturally shares the Queen’s coloring. But Colman has brown eyes. After an attempt at using colored contacts failed, the production team tried to CGI the shade shift. But that didn’t quite work either, so in the show, the Queen will have brown eyes in seasons three and four.

Camilla will be introduced this season.

At the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival in April of 2018, Producer Suzanne Mackie revealed that Camilla Shand, who will eventually go on to become Prince Charles’s second wife and the Duchess of Cornwall, will be introduced in season three. She will be played by Call the Midwife’s Emerald Fennell, Netflix confirmed in late October of 2018, and we got our first look at the future Duchess of Cornwall in January as photos from the set surfaced.

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Camilla and Charles first dated in the early ’70s, which certainly fits the timeline for season three; we can’t wait to see what Morgan does with their rather scandalous relationship history.

“I’m absolutely over the moon and completely terrified,” Fennell says about her casting. “To be joining so many hugely talented people on The Crown. I absolutely love Camilla, and am very grateful that my teenage years have well prepared me for playing a chain-smoking serial snogger with a pudding bowl hair cut.”

Emerald Fennell will play Camilla Shand in The Crown Season Three. pic.twitter.com/vQVnOWzaN9

— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) October 23, 2018

She also told Vanity Fair, that it’s been “freeing” to play Camilla as a young women, given the lack of information known about her early life. “The weird thing about Camilla Parker Bowles, there’s very, very little about her as a young woman, which is quite freeing.” She continued: “It means that I’ve been able to get a sense of her rather than being able to do a mimicry.”

Camilla’s nephew, Ben Elliot, recently told Vanity Fair that the Duchess has privately confessed to watching—and enjoying—the program. That said, she “wasn’t looking forward to the bits to come,” her introduction to the series.

While People previously reported that Diana would make an appearance “toward the end of season three,” casting director Nina Gold has confirmed she will not be featured until later. “Diana’s not in this season,” Gold said to Vanity Fair. “When we do get to her, that is going to be pretty interesting.”

Whenever she does show up on the series, the late Princess of Wales will be played by relative newcomer Emma Corrin.

What else will happen in season three?

Major moments will reportedly include the space race and the moon landing and the Queen’s 1972 state visit to France, and an episode featuring Antony Blunt, the Queen’s art advisor, who was later found out to be a Russian spy. Season two took the royal family up to 1964, and if Morgan keeps with his chronological structure, season three will pick up right where the story left off. Per the Sunday Times, the season will take place in “the Wilson era,” referring to Harold Wilson, the prime minister from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976.

A statement from producers has confirmed it will go from 1963-1977.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Colman previewed a few plot points, and also revealed that the drama in Elizabeth’s marriage to Philip has calmed down a bit. “I think they’ve gone into a much steadier phase in the 1960s. They’re older, more mature,” she said.

But that doesn’t mean Philip isn’t still questioning his identity. “We see an episode where he hits various midlife crisis questions, and Peter framed it around the moon landing, which Philip becomes very obsessed with,” said Menzies in an interview with EW.

“It raises thoughts in him of ‘What have I done with my life?’ when he sees this sort of apogee of heroism in these men. Part of him kind of goes, ‘That’s what I could have been, if I hadn’t chosen this path, if I hadn’t married this person, if I hadn’t become who I’ve become,’ which was never his intention, to be this kind of functionary.”

Colman also shared that the Queen’s relationship with her sister is also less tempestuous in the upcoming episodes.

“They have to come to blows, but they’re sort of the only ones who know each other that well and the only ones that each other can really trust,” said Colman. “ did everything together as children—they were taught in the same room, slept in the same room, everything. They saw the world from the same windows. Then they just get foisted into these positions that they didn’t really want.”

A major theme will be the demise of Princess Margaret’s marriage.

“We’re now writing season three,” the show’s history consultant Robert Lacey told T&C while discussing his new book, The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1.

“And in season three, without giving anything away—it’s on the record, it’s history—we’ll see the breakup of this extraordinary marriage between Margaret and Snowdon. This season, you see how it starts, and what a strange character, a brilliant character Snowden was.”

The Aberfan disaster will come up.

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In 1966, tragedy struck the small Welsh village of Aberfan when a “colliery spoil tip” (a surplus of mining waste rock) collapsed on a school, killing 116 children and 28 adults. The Queen’s delayed response to the disaster has been called one of her greatest regrets, as she did not visit the site for eight days.

The BBC reports that the incident, and the Queen’s reaction to it, will be featured in season three of The Crown, and that producers have been meeting with residents of the village about how best to portray the disaster. The cast was recently seen filming what appears to be a scene about Aberfan.

Actor Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip on set. Wales News and Pictures/REX/

Jeff Edwards, who survived the tragedy as a child, told the BBC that he has been in touch with the team, and that he also helped set up meetings for members of the community to discuss the show.

“Following these meetings the production team decided to put on a public meeting which was held earlier this month and at which a dozen or so residents turned up and they outlined their proposals to them,” Edwards said.

The producers have also released a statement about the show’s portrayal of the disaster, “The third season of The Crown will cover the major historical events of Elizabeth II’s reign from 1963-1977 and all strongly felt the Aberfan disaster and the events that followed must be included, especially as it continues to hold a deep resonance for the nation and the Queen herself. “

The statement continues, “As producers, we feel a responsibility to remain true to the memory and the experience of the survivors, so have met with community leaders, as well as the people of Aberfan on a number of occasions as part of our in depth research and to discuss our approach.” They have not filmed in Aberfan.

This season will recreate Prince Charles’s 1969 Investiture Ceremony.

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While Charles officially became the Prince of Wales by letters patent in 1958, his formal investiture would not take place for years. That ceremony will reportedly play a role in the upcoming season, as evidenced by the set photo above.

Josh O’Connor, the actor who will play the young Prince, recently previewed his performance, explaining that Charles has a very particular way of moving.

“If you watch footage of the young Charles, there’s this thing — when he turns, he doesn’t turn with his body, he turns with his neck first, in a weird sort of Justin Timberlake-esque dance move,” he told the Sunday Times.

“I like to think of Charles at the moment as a sort of tortoise, because he puts his neck out. It’s not even that he’s particularly slow, it’s more this idea of inquisitive head first.'”

In a recent interview O’Connor also shared that he had a “difficult” first day on set.

“There were more physically demanding scenes or emotionally demanding scenes, but the first day on set was the hardest because I walked into an unbelievable powerhouse of a series with incredible actors like Olivia and Helena and Tobias,” he told Digital Spy.

“There’s an endless list of brilliant actors,” he said. “Walking in and feeling the weight of it, it was so difficult.

The sets are getting an upgrade.

According to Variety, Left Bank, which creates the series “sought planning permission for a new Buckingham Palace main gates and exterior, including the iconic balcony on which the royals stand at key moments. The Downing Street plans show a new Number 10 and the road leading up to the building itself.”

The show has also filmed in multiple countries this season.

During the summer of 2018, the publication Europe Press reported that the series was looking for extras in Spain, and seeking both men and women, between the ages of 25 and 65, with no visible tattoos.

Forbes also reported that the Andalusia region of the country “has been chosen reportedly because it still has well-preserved examples of 1960s architecture that will be used as key locations visited by Queen Elizabeth during that decade.”

A local publication in Liverpool also reported that the show had transformed the city’s waterfront into 1960s- or 1970s-era Washington, D.C. At this point, it’s unclear if the series plans to cover Nixon’s resignation and the Watergate scandal, or if the sets are there to represent Elizabeth II’s State Visit in 1976.

While Claire Foy was paid less than Matt Smith for seasons 1 and 2, moving forward, the Queen will make top dollar.

While on a panel at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem, executive producer Suzanne Mackie revealed that Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip in seasons one and two, was paid more than Claire Foy, who played Elizabeth in the show centered around the young Queen’s reign.

His higher salary was reportedly due to his previous fame from Doctor Who. Mackie clarified that moving forward, “no one gets paid more than the Queen,” but Foy won’t have a chance to cash in as the entire cast will change over for season three (more on that below).

Foy recently spoke out about the controversy saying she’s “not surprised” by people’s reactions to the news.

“I’m surprised because I’m at the center of it, and anything that I’m at the center of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary,” Foy told EW.

“But I’m not in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’ But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the center that you didn’t particularly ask for.”

According to Vanity Fair, Foy made approximately $40,000 per episode.

More recently, Colman, who again is taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth from Foy, weighed in on the controversy.

“It’s not called Philip, it’s called The Crown!” she told Harper’s Bazaar U.K.

Speaking a bit more broadly about equal pay in the industry, she added. “as we know, there isn’t equal pay, so Oliver Colman has probably paid off his mortgage, but Olivia hasn’t. The idea is that you get an Oscar and suddenly – boom! You’re a multimillionaire! No –I definitely can’t complain, but I’m nowhere near the realm of paying everything off yet.”

Caroline Hallemann Senior Digital News Editor As the senior digital news editor for Town & Country, Caroline Hallemann covers everything from the British royal family to the latest episodes of Outlander, Killing Eve, and The Crown.

The Crown Season 2: Trailer, Release Date, Cast, and More News

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign will continue in The Crown season 2 on Netflix. The hit series from Peter Morgan (The Queen) now has an official premiere date and a teaser trailer.

The Crown Season 2 Release Date

The Crown season 2 releases in all Netflix territories on December 8th, 2017.

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Netflix released the first images from season two!

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The Crown season two will pick up where season one ended, covering the period between 1955 and 1964. It will see England fighting an illegal war in Egypt and cgo on to see Prime Minister Harold Macmillan resign after scandal. Lots of drama to cover!

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Moving forward, The Crown plans to follow the life of Queen Elizabeth II through to the present-day — six decades in six seasons. Ambitious and interesting.

The Crown Season 2 Cast

Though the royal actors are expected to be replaced in Season 3 and 4, and again in Season 5 and 6 to accomodate for their characters’ aging, Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth) and Matt Smith (Prince Philip) will be back for The Crown season two.

In addition to the return of the series regulars, The Crown season two has added Matthew Goode to the cast as Antony Armstrong-Jones, aka Lord Snowdon. Lord Snowdon was a society photographer who was married to Princess Margaret from 1960 to 1978.

The Crown Season 2 has also expanded its cast. Netflix announced (via The Hollywood Reporter) that Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Jodi Balfour (Bomb Girls) have joined the drama as U.S. president John F. Kennedy and first lady Jackie Kennedy.

  • Season 3 of The Crown finally premiered on November 17 with a completely new cast, including Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Tobias Menzies, Ben Daniels, and John O’Connor, to name a few.
  • The 10 episodes are currently available for streaming. And yes, season 4 of the hit Netflix show is well underway.
  • In April, Netflix announced that producers cast Princess Diana, so viewers will get to see her relationship with Prince Charles unfold in season 4. Warning: spoilers ahead.
  • After rumors swirled that Imelda Staunton will step in as the next Queen Elizabeth II, Netflix chimed in to debunk the headlines.

Obsessed with the royals? Here’s some good news for you: The Crown will certainly return for season 4. In April, Netflix announced that the show officially found its Princess Diana. Pennyworth actress Emma Corrin already started filming alongside Josh O’Connor, who was introduced as the older Prince Charles in season 3.

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Based on season 3’s finale, viewers can expect to see Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s wedding recreated in season 4. We will also get to see Queen Elizabeth II’s relationship with yet another prime minister. And in September, Netflix additionally announced X-Files star Gillian Anderson will be playing British prime minister Margaret Thatcher since season 4 will focus on her years in office.

“I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of The Crown and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman,” Anderson said in a statement. “Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era.”

We also know that cast members from season 3 will return, like Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II), Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip), Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret), and Ben Daniels (Anthony Armstrong-Jones).

Here’s everything else we know about season 4 so far.

There’s no release date for season 4 of The Crown yet.

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Considering that season 1 premiered in November 2016, season 2 in December 2017, and season 3 in November 2019, chances are that season 4 will premiere around the same time in 2020.

Season 4 is already in production.

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Olivia Colman revealed at the 2019 Oscars that season 4 would start filming in August, according to Yahoo. And according to Harper’s Bazaar, there’s a notice on the site Backstage, a career resource for actors, that season 4 is filming from August 2019 to February 2020.

The season 3 cast will return—with some fresh faces.

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The Crown recasts the show every two seasons, which means your season 3 favorites will return. Yes, prepare to say hello again to Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II), Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip), Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret), and Ben Daniels (Anthony Armstrong-Jones).

Pennyworth actress Emma Corrin confirmed that she was cast as Princess Diana.

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“I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal,” she said in a statement. Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exception opportunity and I will strive to do her justice!”

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Gillian Anderson will be playing Margaret Thatcher. She confirmed the news via The Crown’s official Twitter account.

Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher in The Crown Season Four, now in production. pic.twitter.com/OVCO8o2bVk

— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) September 7, 2019

On November 22, the Daily Mail reported that Imelda Staunton, star of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, had been cast as Queen Elizabeth II for season 5 of The Crown. Netflix quickly issued a statement that no such decision had been made. “We are currently filming season 4 of The Crown but have not commissioned any further seasons as yet, therefore any news on casting remains pure speculation,” they said.

Prince Charles is going to take center stage.

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When Netflix confirmed Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, his statement hinted at his character’s arc and just what we can expect moving forward. “Seasons 3 and 4 will follow some of the most turbulent events in the Prince of Wales’s life and our national story and I’m excited to be bringing to life the man in the midst of it all,” he said.

Considering that Margaret Thatcher will enter the picture in season 4—and that each season roughly shows about a decade’s worth of the royal family’s life—we predict that season 4 will take place between 1979 and 1989. Thatcher was the U.K’s prime minister from 1979 to 1990.

Don’t worry, The Crown will continue after season 4.

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Following The Crown’s 2016 debut, Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, revealed that Peter Morgan, the writer and creator of the show, had pitched the series for a total of 60 hours.

“The idea is to do this over six decades, in six seasons presumably, and make the whole show over eight to 10 years,” he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If that ends up being the case, that means viewers can expect one more recasting before the series finale.

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Hail to the Queen, The Crown Season 3 is almost here! Netflix’s grand, soapy look at the lives and loves of Queen Elizabeth II’s royal court is mixing things up this season. To mark the passing of time, most of the cast has been replaced by an older generation of actors. Emmy winner Claire Foy is passing the role of Elizabeth II to Oscar winner Olivia Colman, Matt Smith is handing Prince Philip to Tobias Menzies, and Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret will now be brought to vivid life by Helena Bonham Carter.

The Crown Season 3 will delve into some of the most dramatic controversies to hit the Royal Family. Elizabeth and Philip will try to court the public’s approval with a risky behind-the-scenes documentary (that has since been banned from being aired), while the younger generation of royals struggle to find their own place in the shadow of their powerful mother.

Here’s everything you need to know about The Crown Season 3 ahead of its release date.

What is The Crown Season 3’s Release Date? What Time is The Crown Season 3 on Netflix?

The Crown Season 3 will premiere on Netflix on Sunday, November 17, 2019. Like most all other Netflix originals, The Crown Season 3 will be available to stream at 3 AM EST, or 12 AM PST.

Why is The Crown Season 3 Premiering on a Sunday?

Good question! Traditionally, Netflix likes to premiere their big original hits on Fridays, but The Crown Season 3 is debuting on a Sunday. There doesn’t seem to be a clear answer for this unique programming shift, but Netflix has been experimenting a lot with scheduling premieres on days other than Fridays.

However, there are practical reasons to push The Crown Season 3 to Sunday. After all, both Apple TV+ and Disney+ are premiering their originals on Friday. By pushing The Crown to Sunday, November 17, Netflix is giving one of their most celebrated hits some breathing room in a crowded week for streaming.

Then again, there’s a strategic reason why Netflix might be moving The Crown‘s debut to Sunday. Traditionally, Sunday night is the home of major prestige TV events. Everything from Mad Men to Game of Thrones to Masterpiece Theatre have made Sunday their home. Netflix is confidently asserting that The Crown also deserves to be thought of in this light.

Who’s Who in The Crown Season 3? Who is in The Crown Season 3 Cast?

  • Olivia Colman replaces Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Tobias Menzies replaces Matt Smith as Prince Philip.
  • Helena Bonham Carter replaces Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.
  • Ben Daniels replaces Matthew Goode as Anthony Armstrong-Jones.
  • Jason Watkins plays Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
  • Erin Doherty plays Princess Anne.
  • Josh O’Connor plays Prince Charles.
  • Emerald Fennell plays Camilla Shand (aka Camilla Parker-Bowles).

The Crown Season 3 premieres on Netflix on Sunday, November 17.

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It’s official. After a two-year hiatus, The Crown returns for Season 3 on Netflix this Sunday, November 17. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning show chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and the new season will feature an entirely new cast led by Oscar winner Olivia Colman as the sovereign.

The series picks up in the late ’60s, a time of change and, at times, turbulence—not only in Great Britain, but also within the monarchy. The queen grapples with the evolving British public and political body, her sister Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) faces tensions in her marriage, and her grown-up eldest children, Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Anne (Erin Doherty), struggle with their own challenges in love and duty.

As we count down the hours for the beloved regal series to return, catch up on everything to know about the new season below.

1 | Season 3 will premiere Sunday, November 17, 2019.

Netflix announced on August 12 that the The Crown Season 3 will premiere globally on Netflix on Sunday, November 17 at 12 a.m. PST/3 a.m. EST. Previously, Tobias Menzies, who portrays Prince Philip in the third season, revealed the show will return in November while speaking on Jo Good’s BBC show.

The news accompanied the first teaser for the new season, depicting a stoic Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman, taking over the role from Claire Foy) silhouetted in a doorway at Buckingham Palace. A ticking clock provides the soundtrack.

Season Three of The Crown, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, arrives 17th November. pic.twitter.com/eKPcUOq5Sp

— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) August 12, 2019

The official trailer (above) was released on October 21, giving viewers a first look at the new cast in their regal roles.

2 | Netflix released a bunch of new photos from the upcoming season.

The U.K.’s Empire magazine has your first look at Emerald Fennell as Camilla Shand and Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles.

#TheCrown Season 3 – exclusive first look at Emerald Fennell and Josh O’Connor as Camilla and Charles: https://t.co/jFFAnGxfo3 pic.twitter.com/qcioQUyfQU

— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) October 1, 2019

Additionally, Netflix recently released several new stills from the upcoming season.

There are dramatic new posters featuring each of the characters as well.

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3 | The new season will cover a 13-year span.

The events of Season 3 will take place between 1964 and 1977. Season 1 covered 1947 to 1955 and Season 2, 1957 to 1963.

4 | The show has been entirely recast, with Olivia Colman portraying the queen.

In October 2017, Variety confirmed Broadchurch and The Night Manager star Olivia Colman will play Queen Elizabeth II for Seasons 3 and 4. Claire Foy originated the role for Seasons 1 and 2, and confirmed to Vulture back in December 2016 that the entire original cast of the series would be replaced.

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth in the first still from Season 3 of The Crown Netflix

Before Season 1 even premiered, Morgan discussed his motivation for that decision with Variety in November 2016:

“You can’t ask someone to act middle-aged. Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it. The feelings we all have as 50 year olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds. That informs everything we do.”

In February, producer Suzanne Mackie also confirmed that every single character would be re-cast. “It’s all or nothing. Everyone has to change,” she said, according to Variety.

The first trailer for the new season highlights the casting changes, featuring a 30-second scene in which Colman’s Elizabeth examines her new profile image for a set of British stamps. As one advisor tries to put it, “An elegant reflection of her majesty’s transition from young woman to—” Elizabeth cuts him off with “old bat?” Watch below.

5 | Tobias Menzies will play Prince Philip.

Outlander and Game of Thrones star Menzies will take on the role of Prince Philip from Matt Smith, Netflix confirmed in April 2018. In a statement, Menzies said, “I’m thrilled to be joining the new cast of The Crown and working with Olivia Colman again. I look forward to becoming her ‘liege man of life and limb.'” Menzies previously worked with Colman on The Night Manager.

Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip in The Crown Season 3 Netflix

In January 2018, THR reported Paul Bettany was slated to take on the role, but negotiations with Netflix later fell through due to a scheduling conflict.

6 | Helena Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret.

In early January 2018, the Evening Standard reported Helena Bonham Carter was “all but confirmed” to take over the role of Princess Margaret from Vanessa Kirby for Seasons 3 and 4 of The Crown. On May 3, Netflix confirmed the news with a statement from Bonham Carter: “I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about—doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby. The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter than Vanessa.”

The first photo of Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in The Crown Season 3 Netflix

Before Bonham Carter started filming, she revealed her anxieties about joining the cast in a June 2018 interview with Variety: “None of us look at all like our previous generation,” she said. “We don’t actually look like our real people either. I don’t look like Margaret. I don’t think Olivia looks particularly like the Queen, but it’s interesting. We just have to try and create some sort of essence. The good thing is that all the characters are so multifaceted, so we will probably capture different bits.”

7 | Ben Daniels will play Antony Armstrong-Jones, who will separate from Princess Margaret in Season 3.

Netflix announced House of Cards and The Exorcist TV-show star Daniels would portray Princess Margaret’s (ultimately ex-) husband Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon. “Snowdon was such a dynamic and complex man,” Daniels said in a statement to Netflix. “I’m really looking forward to playing him.”

Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones in The Crown Season 3 Netflix

Matthew Goode played Armstrong-Jones in Season 2 of the show, with his character marrying Princess Margaret in Episode 7 and taking the title Earl of Snowdon. The couple welcomed two children by the end of the season, but will face something totally different in the new episodes. “In Season 3, without giving anything away—it’s on the record, it’s history—we’ll see the breakup of this extraordinary marriage between Margaret and Snowdon,” The Crown history consultant Robert Lacey told Town and Country in December 2017. Margaret and Armstrong-Jones separated in 1976 and divorced in 1978, the first divorce of a senior royal member since Princess Victoria of Edinburgh’s in 1901. Daniels told Entertainment Weekly of Margaret and Antony’s relationship, “There’ve been scenes where we’ve had to tear each other apart, really.”

Images from set also depict the couple’s happier times. The Daily Mail published paparazzi photos of The Crown filming in Spain to recreate Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s visit to Los Angeles as part of their 1965 tour of the United States.

8 | Josh O’Connor will play Prince Charles and Erin Doherty will play Princess Anne.

In July 2018, Netflix announced it had cast the roles of Prince Charles and Princess Anne. Josh O’Connor, star of God’s Own Country and The Durrells in Corfu, will play the Prince of Wales. “Seasons 3 and 4 will follow some of the most turbulent events in the Prince of Wales’ life and our national story and I’m excited to be bringing to life the man in the midst of it all,” O’Connor said in a Netflix statement. “I’m very aware it’s a formidably talented family to be joining, but reliably informed I have the ears for the part and will fit right in.”

In a January 2019 interview with the U.K. Times, O’Connor opened up about taking on the role of Prince Charles. “Essentially you have someone whose whole life only comes into focus when his mother dies,” he said. “That keeps hitting me—he only has meaning when his mum dies. Where does that put a young man? And then you’ve got his relationships—you can’t just get married or be with someone, they have to meet a set of criteria. That is a lot to get your head around. I’m discovering something every day about him and the world he exists in.”

Josh O’Connor will play Prince Charles in The Crown Season Three. pic.twitter.com/FHrqE2dQhA

— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) July 26, 2018

Erin Doherty, who has appeared in Call the Midwife and the Les Misérables miniseries, will play Princess Anne. “There is such a rare dynamic within Princess Anne that I am incredibly grateful to be able to explore,” Doherty said in a statement at the time of her casting. “She is a woman of great strength and heart—I feel privileged to fight her corner.”

Casting director Nina Gold told Vanity Fair in February 2018 that she was in the process of casting the roles of Charles, Anne, and Camilla Shand, revealing the characters are “just coming into their own” in the new season.

9 | Emerald Fennell will play Camilla Shand.

Emerald Fennell, Victoria and Call the Midwife actress and head writer for Season 2 of Killing Eve, will take on the role of Camilla Shand in Season 3 of The Crown. “I absolutely love Camilla, and am very grateful that my teenage years have well-prepared me for playing a chain-smoking serial snogger with a pudding bowl haircut,” Fennell said in a statement.

Emerald Fennell will play Camilla Shand in The Crown Season Three. pic.twitter.com/vQVnOWzaN9

— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) October 23, 2018

Season 3 will be an important one for Prince Charles and the future Camila Parker-Bowles. The two met in either 1970 or ’71 and dated on and off for more than three decades—including the years both were married to other people—until they married in 2005. “People always assume Charles cheated on Diana with Camilla,” Morgan told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s absolutely the wrong way round. He was deeply in love with Camilla and forced to marry Diana.”

In May 2019, Fennell told the New York Times that Morgan’s research into young Camilla made it easy to tackle playing a real-life person: “You get to turn off the analytical, angsty part of your brain about playing someone real.” She added that the new season will explore the relationship between Charles and Camilla before their first marriages. Paparazzi photos from the Season 3 set appear to show scenes of the two meeting for the first time.

10 | Charles Dance will play Lord Mountbatten.

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Photos from the set of Season 3 show Game of Thrones alum Charles Dance in costume as Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle. He was very close to Philip and Prince Charles, who called him “Uncle Dickie,” and was played by Greg Wise in Seasons 1 and 2 of The Crown.

Greg Wise as Lord Louis Mountbatten in Season 2 of The Crown. Netflix

11 | Derek Jacobi will play the Duke of Windsor.

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The British film, TV, and theater actor will play the queen’s uncle, the Duke of Windsor, in Season 3 of The Crown, according to the U.K. Times. Entertainment Weekly reports his 1972 funeral will be depicted in the new season. The character was played by Alex Jennings in Seasons 1 and 2.

Alex Jennings as the Duke of Windsor in Season 1 of The Crown. Netflix

12 | Marion Bailey will play Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Marion Bailey, a veteran film, television, and theater actress, will play the Queen Mother in The Crown Season 3, taking over the role from Victoria Hamilton. “It’s a brilliant show and we have a tough act to follow, but what a gift to be playing the fascinating and greatly loved Queen Mother,” Bailey said in a statement.

Marion Bailey will play the Queen Mother in The Crown Season Three. pic.twitter.com/T6JX2D8Qyg

— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) July 26, 2018

13 | Jason Watkins will play Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

The BAFTA-winning, Olivier-nominated British actor will take on the role of British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, a Labour politician who served two non-consecutive terms: October 1964 to June 1970, and March 1974 to April 1976. Back in October 2017, The UK Times reported in an interview with Morgan that Season 3 would cover “the Wilson era” while Season 4 would focus on Margaret Thatcher, who took office May 4, 1979, and served 11 years—the longest of any British prime minister in the twentieth century.

“I am delighted to become a part of this exceptional show,” Watkins said in a statement. “Harold Wilson is a significant and fascinating character in our history. So looking forward to bring him to life, through a decade that transformed us culturally and politically.”

From left: British Prime Minister Harold Wilson; actor Jason Watkins. Getty Images

Though his character is the focus of the season, Watkins likely won’t be the last prime minister cast for Season 3. After Harold Macmillan’s resignation in October 1963 (as depicted in the final episode of The Crown Season 2), the UK saw four Prime Ministers serve five terms over the next 15 years: Sir Alec Douglas-Home, in office a paltry 363 days; Wilson for six years; Edward Heath from 1970-1974; Wilson again for two years; and James Callaghan from 1976 to 1979.

14 | Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher.

Variety reported in January 2019 that Gillian Anderson is in talks to join Season 4 of The Crown in the role of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. However, The Hollywood Reporter reports if Anderson joins the show, it will likely be with a two-season deal. Since The Crown entirely re-casts the show every two seasons, this offers some hope that Anderson will appear in Season 3 after all.

15 | Tobias Menzies watched footage of Prince Philip to capture his persona.

Menzies told the Radio Times that he’s “gone slightly crazy” listening to Prince Philip’s voice. “It’s partly a technical thing: you want to sound and look like him, but move like him too,” the actor revealed in January 2019.

16 | Olivia Colman said her performance will be inspired by Claire Foy’s.

Colman told the BBC in October 2017 she’s “so thrilled” to be joining the show, revealing she was “utterly gripped” watching it. “I think Claire Foy is an absolute genius—she’s an incredibly hard act to follow,” Colman said. “I’m basically going to re-watch every episode and copy her.”

During a December 2018 appearance on Graham Norton, Colman revealed that at the start of shooting, she would ask herself, “What would Claire do?” But then she joked, “Now we’re sort of so busy, I’ve forgotten, so now I might not be doing anything like the queen or Claire now.”

In November 2018, Colman revealed some of her process for getting into the character of Queen Elizabeth during an interview with the New York Times. She watched videos of the real queen in action and worked with a voice and movement coach. “I walk a bit like a farmer, not a queen, and I’m not a very good physical impersonator,” she told the newspaper. “So there is a dollop of artistic license.”

17 | Colman finds playing Queen Elizabeth very difficult.

Colman told the Press Association in December 2018 that while she’s “loving” playing Queen Elizabeth, the role is more difficult than The Favourite’s Queen Anne because “everyone knows what she looks like, everyone knows what she sounds like, everyone has an opinion on whether the casting is right …”

Colman also revealed to Vanity Fair in November 2018 that she struggled to tamp down her own expressiveness. In fact, the crew had to rely on a sneaky behind-the-scenes ploy to keep Colman straight-faced. “Whenever anyone is telling me something sad, which just makes me cry, they give me an earpiece and they play the shipping forecast,” Colman told VF. “It’s somebody going, ‘And the winds are fair to midland … blah, blah.’ I’m sort of not listening to what saying. I’m trying so hard to tune into the shipping forecast and not cry.”

18 | Princess Diana will not appear in Season 3.

Even though Morgan told People in December 2016 that Diana Spencer would make her first appearance in The Crown toward the end of Season 3, casting director Nina Gold confirmed to Vanity Fair that she will not be featured in the upcoming season.“When we do get to her, that is going to be pretty interesting,” Gold said. Since Prince Charles met Diana in November 1977, we’ll likely see this moment onscreen near the beginning of Season 4. British actress Emma Corrin will take on the role.

19 | Several Season 3 storylines have already leaked.

Paparazzi photos of Season 3 production have been leaking since fall 2018, with cameras capturing filming of a funeral scene (possibly Winston Churchill’s—he died in 1965), Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Aberfan following the 1966 mining disaster which killed 116 children and 28 adults, and Prince Charles’s 1969 investiture ceremony.

Additionally, Colman’s November Vanity Fair interview revealed Season 3 will bring a “steadier” marriage for the queen and Prince Philip, a closer relationship for Elizabeth and Margaret, and the depiction of events like the 1972 royal visit to France, the queen’s involvement in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and the space race.

Entertainment Weekly also confirmed a storyline about the 1964 revelation that Anthony Blunt, a distant relation of the royal family and “Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures” (the official title for the curator of the monarch’s private art collection), was a Soviet spy.

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Morgan revealed during a June 2018 screening of Season 2 that Season 3 “seems a bit more hopeful again, and it’s funnier,” according to Screen Daily.

20 | Prince Philip will suffer another identity crisis.

If the first two season of The Crown taught us anything, it’s that Prince Philip consistently grapples with his own role within the monarchy. According to Menzies, he’ll struggle with the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. ” Peter has taken this angle that Philip gets very absorbed by the heroism of these men compared to what maybe he hasn’t done with his own life,” Menzies told Radio Times in February 2019. “That’s what’s interesting about the show: He takes surprising bits of history and then views the characters through the prism of those events. That was really fun to do.”

21 | Season 3 shot in the Andalusian region of Spain to take advantage of its 1960s-era architecture.

In August 2018, Forbes reported that the series was set to shoot scenes at a conference center in Torremolinos that would stand in for a ’60s-style airport.

22 | Reports of new sets hint at possible Season 3 plot lines.

Variety reported in April that The Crown’s production company, Left Bank Pictures, received approval to expand the show’s set at Elstree Studios in London, including revamped exteriors for 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace—particularly the famous balcony on which the royal family poses for special events like the Trooping the Colour. Further additions to the set include streets named “Belgravia Street” and “Central Street” and an outdoor area specified as “bomb-damaged.”

23 | Olivia Colman will make the most money out of the whole cast.

In March 2018, The Crown producers revealed that Matt Smith made more money than Claire Foy for Seasons 1 and 2 of the The Crown. They pledged, “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen.” Still, a media furor ensued, with production company Left Bank Pictures ultimately apologized for the disparity. As Morgan revealed per Screen Daily, “Everything’s been patched up and those mistakes will never be made again. As I understand it, everybody’s happy.”

24 | The show is getting an official podcast.

The Crown: The Official Podcast launches on November 18, the day after Season 3 premieres. “This series will follow the show episode by episode, diving deep into the stories, taking you behind the scenes,” according to its official description. Special guests will include showrunner Peter Morgan, casting director Nina Gold, and members of the new cast.

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— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) November 8, 2019

Bonus: Claire Foy is already theorizing about future seasons.

And she wants Helen Mirren to take on Queen Elizabeth when Colman’s run ends. Foy told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live she would “put money on” Mirren’s casting.

Julie Kosin Senior Culture Editor Julie Kosin is the senior culture editor of ELLE.com, where she oversees all things movies, TV, books, music, and art, from trawling Netflix for a worthy binge to endorsing your next book club pick. Erica Gonzales Erica Gonzales is the Culture and Content Strategy Editor for BAZAAR.com, where she oversees news and culture coverage, including celebrity, music, TV, movies, and more.