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It has actually been more than 20 months considering that The Crown season 2 dropped on Netflix (a.k.a. 613 days to those people who have actually been marking the days off on the calendar). And while there’s been a lot of real royal household news because time– the birth of Prince Louis, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding event, Princess Eugenie’s marriage to Jack Brooksbank, and the birth of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor to name a couple of– the royal occasion we’ve all most been eagerly anticipating is the return of The Crown. Finally, season 3 has actually got a best date.

Given that making its best on November 4, 2016, the Netflix series– which won the 2017 Golden Globe for Best Drama and a handful of Emmys (consisting of one for Claire Foy as Exceptional Lead Starlet in a Drama Series)– has become an indisputable hit. The streaming series, developed by two-time Oscar nominee Peter Morgan, follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the ups and downs of the royal family.

Now that you have actually undoubtedly binge-watched the very first 2 seasons, we’re looking ahead to season 3. Here’s everything we know about The Crown‘s next season up until now.

1. The Crown season 3 will premiere on November 17, 2019.

After near to 2 years of waiting, Netflix surprised everybody on Monday, August 12th by dropping a very remarkable teaser for The Crown‘s third season, which provided us a best date– November 17th– in addition to a fast look of our brand-new Queen.

2. Olivia Colman will play queen elizabeth II.

From the very start, creator Peter Morgan made it clear that each season of The Crown would cover approximately a years of history, which the cast would alter for season 3 and again in season 5 (to more properly represent the characters 20 and 40 years later). In October 2017, it was announced that Olivia Colman– who captured a Best Starlet Oscar previously this year for her work in– would take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II.

Though she might be best known to American audiences for her functions in Broadchurch and The Night Supervisor (the latter of which earned her a Golden World in 2017), Colman is no stranger to playing a member of the royal household. In addition to her acclaimed role as Queen Anne in The Favourite, she played Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon– better half of King George VI and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret– in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012 ).

3. Tobias Menzies IS taking over as prince philip.

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In between,, and Game of Thrones, Tobias Menzies has actually been keeping himself hectic nowadays. In late March 2017 it was revealed that he ‘d be taking over Matt Smith’s role as Prince Philip for the next 2 seasons of The Crown— and Smith couldn’t have actually been better. Soon after the statement was made, Smith explained his replacement as “the ideal casting,” informing the Observer: “He’s a fantastic actor. I worked with him on The History Boys, and he’s an absolutely wonderful star. I’m very thrilled to see what he finishes with Prince Philip.”

4. Menzies had little interest in the royal family prior to being cast in the crown.

Menzies was excited about his casting in The Crown, stating that, “I’m enjoyed be joining the brand-new cast of The Crown and to be dealing with Olivia Colman once again. I anticipate becoming her ‘liege male of life and limb.'” Yet in February 2019, Menzies admitted that he wasn’t all that acquainted with the history of the royal family. “I wasn’t enormously thinking about the royals before I took the part,” Menzies informed RadioTimes.com. “I wasn’t someone who checked out them or included myself with them, however I have actually been extremely intrigued by [Prince Philip’s] life. He’s a quite interesting bloke. He’s a complicated person, with complex stories. I have a lot of regard for him.”

5. Menzies accidentally let the season 3 release date slip simply a number of weeks before Netflix revealed it.

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We’re not saying that Netflix had not always prepared to reveal season 3’s release date in August, however we do know that in late July, while appearing on Jo Good’s BBC Radio program, Menzies let a key detail about the new season slip. While speaking about his role in The Crown, Menzies kept in mind that, “We shot season three and that begins in November.” Oops!

6. Paul Bettany came really near having Menzies’s function.

If you remember hearing rumblings that Paul Bettany would be playing the Duke of Edinburgh, no, you’re not picturing things. For a while it seemed like the London-born actor was a shoo-in for the part, but it turned out that scheduling was not in Bettany’s favor. When asked about the reports that he was close to signing a deal to play Philip, Bettany said that, “We discussed it. We just couldn’t pertain to terms on dates actually. [That] is all that happened.”

7. Helena Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret.

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After months of speculation– and one huge tip by means of Instagram– in May 2018, Netflix lastly confirmed the formerly “all however verified” report that Helena Bonham Carter would play Princess Margaret in The Crown‘s next season. “I’m uncertain which I’m more terrified about– justifying the genuine Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret,” Bonham Carter said of the function. “The only thing I can ensure is that I’ll be shorter [than Vanessa]”

Like Colman, Bonham Carter also has some experience playing a royal: She played Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, a.k.a. the Queen Mom, in the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech.

8. Princess Diana will not appear in season 3.

As The Crown progress, time will, too. Though fans worried that, based upon the existing time jumps in between seasons, it would take another few years to see Princess Diana be presented, Morgan informed Individuals Magazine that Princess Diana would make her very first look toward the end of season three and that she will be heavily included in the 2 seasons that follow. Casting director Nina Gold later resolved that notion.

“Diana’s not in this season,” Gold informed Vanity Fair. “When we do get to her, that is going to be quite fascinating.” Charles and Diana did not fulfill up until 1977, when the Prince began dating Diana’s older sibling, Sarah. According to, season three will only cover the years 1964 to 1976.

9. Camilla Parker Bowles will be included.

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As it’s challenging to completely cover the relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana without consisting of Camilla Parker Bowles as part of the story, the existing Duchess of Cornwall will make her first appearance in season 3, and will be played by Call the Midwife star Emerald Fennell.

10. The starlet who plays Camilla had a crucial behind-the-scenes role on Killing Eve‘s 2nd season.

Similar to Fleabag developer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is a kept in mind actor and writer, Emerald Fennell has logged plenty of hours behind the camera, too. In fact, when Waller-Bridge– who established Killing Eve for tv– went back from the series throughout its 2nd season to focus on season 2 of Fleabag, it was Fennell who stepped into her shoes as writer and showrunner. (She was chosen for 2 Emmys this year for her work on the show, consisting of Impressive Drama Series and Exceptional Writing for a Drama Series.

11. Buckingham Palace will be getting an upgrade.

It’s difficult to imagine a more extravagant set design, Left Bank– the series’s production business– requested more studio space for its sets at Elstree Studios in late 2017, and got approval to do simply that in April. According to, Left Bank specifically “looked for preparing approval for a brand-new Buckingham Palace primary gates and exterior, consisting of the renowned balcony on which the royals stand at essential minutes. The Downing Street plans show a brand-new Number 10 and the roadway leading up to the structure itself. The sketches for the new work, seen by Variety, show a bird’s-eye view of Downing Street with a Rolls Royce pulling up outside Number 10.”

12. Princess Margaret’s marital relationship to Lord Snowdon will be a part of the story.

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Princess Margaret’s roller-coaster relationship with Antony Armstrong-Jones played a huge part of The Crown‘s second season, and the dissolution of their marital relationship will play out in season three.

“We’re now writing season 3,” Robert Lacey, the series’s history consultant and the author of The Crown: The Authorities Companion, Volume 1, told Town & & Country in December. “And in season 3, without providing anything away– it’s on the record, it’s history– we’ll see the separation of this extraordinary marriage in between Margaret and Snowdon. This season, you see how it starts, and what a weird character, a dazzling character Snowdon was.”

13. Jason Watkins will play prime minister Harold Wilson.

At the same time Netflix validated Bonham Carter’s casting, the network revealed that BAFTA-winning actor Jason Watkins had been cast as Harold Wilson, who was prime minister in between 1964 and 1970 and again between 1974 and 1976. “I am happy to become part of this exceptional show,” Watkins stated. “And so enjoyed be working once again with Peter Morgan. Harold Wilson is a significant and interesting character in our history. Looking forward to bringing him to life, through a decade that transformed us culturally and politically.”

14. Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher.

Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher in The Crown Season 4, now in production. pic.twitter.com/OVCO8o2bVk

— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) September 7, 2019

Ok, so this may be a 4th season bit– however it’s still very worth speaking about. In January 2019 it was reported that The Crown had actually cast its Iron Lady: it was highly recommended that former star Gillian Anderson had actually signed on to play former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Crown‘s fourth season. Finally, Netflix has validated it.

15. Season 4’s Princess Diana has been cast.

Ok, so we’re cheating with another season 4 piece of news– however it’s a huge one. On April 9, 2019, Netflix confirmed through a news release that manufacturers have actually discovered their Princess Diana in newcomer Emma Corrin. The actress, who made her television debut earlier this year in an episode of Grantchester and will appear in the movie Misbehaviour with Keira Knightley later this year, will make her debut in the series’ next season.

“Emma is a brilliant skill who instantly mesmerized us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer,” developer Morgan stated in a declaration. “Along with having the innocence and appeal of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and intricacy to depict an extraordinary lady who went from anonymous teenager to ending up being the most iconic lady of her generation.”

Corrin, naturally, was equally thrilled to be able to announce the news. “I have actually been glued to the show given that the very first episode and to think I’m now joining this exceptionally talented acting household is just surreal,” she said. “Princess Diana was an icon, and her result on the world remains extensive and motivating. To be given the opportunity to explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional chance, and I will aim to do her justice!”

16. We might not have to wait as long to see season 4.

Even before a season 3 release date had been revealed, Peter Morgan validated that they were shooting seasons 3 and 4 “back-to-back.” Implying we may not have to wait as wish for season 4 to show up.

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