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Netflix Releases First Look Of The Crown's New Queen Elizabeth

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Netflix Releases First Look Of The Crown's New Queen Elizabeth

Netflix has unveiled the first look at Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming season of The Crown.

Production is currently underway on the lavish drama’s fifth season. 

The Crown’s official Twitter page released the spectacular photo on Friday afternoon, much to the delight of fans.

Claire Foy previously played the monarch between 2016 and 2017 and had a guest appearance in season 4 last year in a flashback scene.

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Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown (Credit: PA)
Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown (Credit: PA)

Last season Her Majesty was portrayed by Olivia Coleman who won a Golden Globe for her performance.

The fifth season of The Crown will leave the 1980s behind and head into the 1990s, which as we all know was a tumultuous time for the royals.

With a fire at Windsor Castle, three failed marriages (Charles and Diana split, Princess Anne got divorced and Prince Andrew separated from Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson) and Princess Diana's tell-all Panorama interview, the relationship between the Prince of Wales and the People's Princess will remain a central fixture going forward.

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Olivia Coleman has previously played Queen Elizabeth II (Credit: Netflix)
Olivia Coleman has previously played Queen Elizabeth II (Credit: Netflix)

Series creator Peter Morgan has hinted that the show will come to an end in the mid-noughties in season 6, meaning season 5 will most likely delve into the first half of the 1990s, ending just before Diana's death in 1997.

Staunton will be joined by Lesley Manville (Save Me) as Princess Margaret, Oscar nominee Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) as Prince Philip, and Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager) as Princess Diana and more.

Emma Corrin is set to return as Princess Diana (Credit: Netflix)
Emma Corrin is set to return as Princess Diana (Credit: Netflix)
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We don't have an exact air date just yet, but filming is expected to begin mid next year, with the new season expected to arrive on Netflix in 2022 - the usual two-year wait between seasons.

Season 4 was a smash hit for the streaming service, trumping season 3 by some 8 million viewers in the first week alone, so we have seriously high hopes for season 5.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix/Twitter

Topics: TV And Film

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