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Charting the life of the royal family between the 1940s and 1970s has been a masterclass in making the relatively sedate and serene seem shocking. Princess Margaret riding a motorbike (or a photographer) is only so scandalous. But The Crown is about to get fun…

The Netflix hit biopic The Crown is heading into season four and the first teaser trailer just dropped. And from the 30 seconds footage we’ve been able to watch, it looks like all the niceties are about to disappear as Diana bursts onto the scene, Thatcher hits Britain and The Queen wears a tricorn hat. Bring on 15th November…

Who’s In The Crown Season 4?

Obviously Olivia Colman, who won a Golden Globe for her performance last season, is back as Queen Elizabeth II for the second and final time, and will be joined by season-three-ers including Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

Representing the younger generation, Josh O’Connor will be bringing back the sticky-out-ears as Prince Charles and his marriage third-wheel Camilla will still be played by Emerald Fennell. Meanwhile unexpected fun character Princess Anne is back played by alter ego, Erin Doherty.

Princess Anne (actual Princess Anne) recently commented that she read somewhere that Doherty takes up to two hours to make her hair represent the royal bouffant, dismissively noting that it takes her just 10 minutes. Which is kind of obvious, given Princess Anne looks like Princess Anne all of the time while of course it will take an actress playing Princess Anne significantly longer to get to into character.

But what we’re really looking forward to is the new characters, specifically Margaret Thatcher, played by ex-X-filer Gillian Anderson, and Lady Di, who will be immortalised by Emma Corrin. The teaser trailer gave us our first glimpse of the actor and already we can sense the excitement.

Princes Edward and Andrew will be taken on by Fleabag’s ‘Creepy Jake’ Angus Imrie, and newcomer Tom Byrne respectively.

What of the plot?

The timeline is likely to give us a snapshot of the 80s and early 90s, an eventful time in royal and British history.

Gillian Anderson’s Thatcher will loom large, she took office in 1979 and served until 1990 and events including the Falklands War (in which Prince Andrew fought) and the miner’s strike (in which he didn’t) will be key.

In royal terms expect a huge focus on the Charles and Di wedding then deteriorating relationship in a period that saw the arrival of Princes William and Harry as well as the marriage of Prince Andrew and Fergie (the Duchess, not the Black Eyed Pea).

Events including the Falklands War (in which Prince Andrew fought) and the miner's strike (in which he didn't) will be key...

When will Season 4 be released?

We now know, courtesy of the trailer, that the season will ‘drop’ on 15th November, giving us nearly three months of fevered speculation and slow-build hype before the season finally makes an appearance. Time which we can fill watching the real-life soap opera of Harry and Meghan and no doubt further Epstein revelations about Andrew…

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