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Claire Foy won best female lead in a drama series at last night's Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown and her emotional acceptance speech left everyone fighting back tears.
In her speech, Claire paid homage to "the next cast, the next generation," describing her time on the drama as "the most extraordinary two-and-a-half years of my life."
The actress also dedicated her award to Matt Smith who of course plays her on-screen husband, Prince Philip.
"And I also dedicate this to Matt Smith. Thank you so much. This means so much. Thank you."
Claire beat of some incredible competition for the prestigious award, including Killing Eve's Sandra Oh, Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black, Keri Russell from The Americans, The Handmaid's Tale's Elisabeth Moss and Westworld's Rachel Wood.
"This wasn't supposed to happen," she told the audience, before paying tribute to her fellow nominees.
"I just felt so proud then of being in the company of such extraordinary performances.
"And I know everyone is talking at the moment about women in the industry, but if that's anything to go by, bloody hell."
Claire went on to tell the audience how she never thought she'd get the chance to play Queen Elizabeth II before adding: "And I met people who I will love forever and ever and ever. And the show goes on, which makes me so, so proud."
Fans of The Crown will know that the award is bittersweet as it also signifies Claire's last series on the drama, as the third season has been recast as it moves forward through royal family history.
Last year, Claire lost out on the prestigious award to Elisabeth Moss, who won for her portrayal of Offred in The Handmaid's Tale, but this year our favourite royal pit her to the post.
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