It’s been a while since the last season of Netflix’s The Crown aired back in late 2020, with storylines about Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana, and now finally the 5th season of the acclaimed show is set to debut this November. This new season will feature Imelda Staunton taking up the role of The Queen, and Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West as Diana and Prince Charles, respectively.

While all eyes are on the 5th season, the sixth- and final- season has been in production, with filming recently being paused out of respect following the death of Her Majesty last week.

The Crown has seen a surge in popularity on Netflix in the days leading up to the Queen’s funeral, with a renewed interest in the monarchy sending it up the most watched charts in the UK and US. It’s even become the most watched show on Netflix at the moment in Ukraine, following President Zelenskyy’s message of condolence to the Royal Family last week. Claire Foy was one of the principal cast members to pay tribute to the Queen, saying in an interview the BBC that “I think that she was an incredible monarch. She united people and she was a massive symbol of continuity and dignity and grace.”

While a fair bit of the show is dramatised, which the Queen herself acknowledged, it’s still a fascinating depiction of the reign of the longest serving monarch in British history, spanning her life from the Queen’s wedding to Prince Phillip in 1947 to (so far) 1990, in the last months of Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as Prime Minister. While there’s no better time to go back and watch the first four seasons if you’ve not already, we’re looking forward to the final two seasons, and what we know about them.

Season 5 is set to cover the 1990s, including one of the most difficult periods in the Queen’s life. 1992 was described by the late monarch in her Ruby Jubilee speech as her annus horriblis (horrible year): press reports about her wealth boosted republican sentiment, she was egged by protestors in Dresden during a state visit, saw not one but three of her children separate from their spouses, and Windsor Castle suffered a large fire. You can be confident though that the show is in good hands, with the excellent Imelda Staunton stepping in to the role of the Queen to depict these difficult and trying events.

Though we don’t know for certain how much time Season 5 will cover, it’s likely that it will build to one of the most defining moments in the Queen’s reign, the death of Diana in 1997, including Diana’s controversial Panorama interview in 1995. Tenet star Elizabeth Debicki will be succeeding Emma Corrin to play the older, more outspoken Diana of the 1990s, with The Wire and Brassic star Dominic West playing Prince Charles opposite her. Khalid Abdalla will play Dodi Fayed, the romantic partner of Diana who died in the same car crash as Diana. Meanwhile, Olivia Williams is set to play Camilla Parker Bowles, Johnny Lee Miller will play Prime Minister John Major, and Jonathan Pryce will take over the role of Prince Phillip.

As the show heads into the 21st century and turn of the millennium for the sixth season, further famous figures from the Queen’s later years will appear on the show, with Marcia Warren playing the Queen Mother, who died in 2002, and Bertie Carvel as PM Tony Blair. The sixth season will likely cover the late 90s and 2000s, with events like the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the former of which Prince Harry was deployed in. Ed McVey and Rufus Kampas will both play Prince William, while Meg Bellamy will portray Kate Middleton.

Only a few images offering a glimpse of Season 5 have been released, with no trailer yet- though expect one to appear in the next couple of months or so. The sixth season meanwhile will likely release late next year, with filming set to wrap up this year. There’s also been early discussions of a potential prequel show, covering the 50 year span and monarchies from the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 to the wedding of Elizabeth II in 1947- the same event that the first season begins with- but there’s no firm details yet.

For more about the Queen’s reign, you can read our Life In Pictures article, or our 13 facts about the monarch.


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