Netflix confirms return date of The Crown

Gillian Wolski
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Since the first season of The Crown hit Netflix back in 2016, it’s scooped two Golden Globe awards, earned itself an international cult-following and given us commoners a peek inside the private lives of the British monarchy.

Now, the royal drama is ready to grace our screens once more so get the Pimm’s and cucumber sandwiches at the ready.

When does The Crown season three start on Netflix?

The Crown returns for its highly anticipated third season on November 17, 2019.

Who will star in The Crown season three?

The third instalment sees the original cast from the previous two seasons passing the royal baton on to a whole new set of stars, as well as some new faces as well.

Oscar winner, Olivia Colman, will take up the mantle from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, while Matt Smith will bow out to allow Outlander star, Tobias Menzies, to step into his shoes as Prince Philip.

Olivia Coleman and Tobias Menzies as Queen Liz and the Duke of Edinburgh respectively on set of The Crown season three. Photo: Netflix.

Helena Bonham Carter will portray Princess Margaret, replacing Vanessa Kirby, who played the Queen’s sassy sister for the first two seasons.

Matthew Goode will step aside as Margaret’s lover, Antony Armstrong-Jones, who will be played by Ben Daniels, while Marion Bailey will portray the Queen Mother who was brought to life by Victoria Hamilton.

Ben Daniels as Lord Snowden, Princess Margaret's husband, on set of The Crown season three. Photo: Netflix.

Josh O’Connor and Erin Doherty will play grown-up versions of the Queen’s eldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, respectively.

Newcomer, Emerald Fennell, will portray the young Camilla Parker Bowles, then Camilla Shand, who began a romantic relationship with Charles in the early ‘70s, before he met and married Princess Diana.

When is The Crown season three set?

The first two seasons of the drama-fuelled series chronicles the trials and triumphs of the Queen from her coronation in 1953 to the early ’60s. Season three is set to cover the mid ‘60s to the late ‘70s.

Helena Bonham Carter as Princes Margaret. Photo: Netflix.

The timeline is expected to cover what’s known as ‘The Wilson Era,’ in reference to Harold Wilson, the British Prime Minister from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976.

Viewers can expect a lot of action, with major events from the period including the space race and the moon landing, as well as Liz’s 1972 state visit to France, the 1976 Montreal Olympics and England's iconic victory in the 1966 World Cup.

Where can you watch The Crown season three?

The Crown is exclusive to Netflix.

The Queen takes some tea. Photo: Netflix.

What can we expect from The Crown season four?

Season four is expected to pick up where season three left off in the late ‘70s and continue through to the early ‘80s, chronicling Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s courtship

TV newcomer, Emma Corrin, has been cast to play Lady Diana and Netflix has confirmed that filming will begin later this year, with a 2020 release date.

Cambridge graduate Emma Corrin has been cast to play the princess in the blockbuster Netflix series. Photo: Getty Images/IMDB.

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