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Do you want to see Queen Elizabeth’s annus horribilis? No, not a euphemism or a highly specialised site on the ‘dark web’, but a reference to 1992, the Queen’s darkest year.

It was thought that The Crown would be cut short after just five seasons (we’re on season three at the moment), but now the show’s creator, Peter Morgan, has confirmed that a sixth season is locked-in and the timeline of the show will run until the early 2000s.

This is big news for fans of the ultimate royal drama (unless you include The Windsors, in which case it’s a tie), as the timeline of the series had been expected to cut short around the early ’90s, meaning we’d potentially miss all the action and tragedy of the royal family’s most turbulent decade in centuries, not to mention the rebuilding and rebranding that took place in the wake of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Do you want to see Queen Elizabeth's annus horribilis? No, not a euphemism or a highly specialised site on the 'dark web'

As for the annus horribilus, the queen declared “1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure”, in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of her succession.

Which was an understatement given this was the year when, wait for it… Prince Andrew separated from Fergie (the princess, not the Black Eyed Pea), Princess Anne divorced Captain Mark Phillips, her nephew tragically died, Diana published Diana: Her True Story and the Duchess of York was photographed sunbathing topless.

Oh, and 1992 was also the year that Prince Charles was revealed to have literally the worst sex chat in the world (just Google ‘Prince Charles  tampon’, you’ll gag, I promise), before he finally separated from Diana.

As if all that wasn’t enough, the queen’s actual HOUSE BURNT DOWN when Windsor Castle caught fire! Surely that’s all a season itself? It’s a wonder that they haven’t committed extending the run to seven!

Veteran actor Imelda Staunton has been named as replacement for the wonderful Olivia Colman, while Netflix last week confirmed Lesley Manville will play the role of Princess Margaret in seasons five and six.

But anyone hoping that the show would bring us up to date with the shenanigans of Megxit or delve into Prince Andrew’s current unpleasantnesses might be disappointed, as Netflix has underscored that this will be the final season, meaning that Meghan Markle won’t have the opportunity to play Meghan Markle. We’ve probably been spared…