The raunchy sex scene that Netflix cut from The Crown
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As the world mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, many are taking a look back at her life and its incarnations.
For some, this has involved re-watching Netflix's fictionalised biography of her life, The Crown, which has so far consisted of four seasons that go through each period of the Queen's life - starting at the moment her father, King George VI died.
While The Crown is a huge fan favourite on the streaming platform and we wouldn't change a thing about it, it turns out that a certain, raunchy scene was removed before it hit screens.
The now-deleted sex scene featured the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, as portrayed by Claire Foy and Matt Smith, but it ultimately didn't make the cut as viewers 'didn't need to see' it.
The revelation was made by Vanessa Kirby - the actress who portrayed the Queen's younger sister, Princess Margaret, in the first two seasons of the hit show.
The 31-year-old actress made the revelation on Dolly Alderton's Love Stories podcast, where she said: "There was a sex scene between Elizabeth and Philip in the first season.
"I think they were in South Africa filming, and they were like, 'I just don't think anyone wants to see the Queen having sex'."
However, it turns out that this wasn't the only sex scene that ended up on the cutting room floor.
Another of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones, played by Matthew Goode, was ultimately axed.
She explained: "There was one [sex scene] written in The Crown, in episode seven of [season two].
"We had long discussions about what it should be, and it just became clear that to titillate was not the aim."
Following the announcement of the Queen's death on Thursday (September 9), The Crown has surged in popularity on Netflix around the world.
As reported by the Independent, apparently the Queen was even a fan and watched the first season of the show after it was recommended by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Olivia Colman, who portrayed a middle-aged Queen Elizabeth in the series, paid tribute to the late monarch after her death.
She told Variety: "[The Queen] made a promise as a young woman and she absolutely kept it with such dignity. We're all incredibly impressed by what she did.
The actress then praised the new King's first speech, saying: "From a British point of view, he did it so beautifully."
King Charles III said in his first statement as King: "Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example."