When will The Crown season 3 arrive on Netflix and what will it be about? Fans of Netflix's award-winning drama series about Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family have been eagerly awaiting its return - this time with a new cast taking over the key roles of the Queen, Prince Phillip, and the rest of the Royals.
The first two seasons of The Crown starred Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, and Vanessa Kirby as Queen Margaret, and covered the early years of the Queen's reign from 1947-1963. The Crown season 1 honed in on Elizabeth's early years as Queen up to 1955, including her relationship with Prime Minister Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) and her sister Princess Margaret deciding not to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend (Ben Miles).
The Crown season 2 depicted the Suez Crisis of 1956, the retirement of the Queen's third Prime Minister Harold Macmillan following the Profumo affair political scandal, and the marriage between Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon (Matthew Goode), and the 1964 birth and early schooling of Prince Charles. President John F. Kennedy (Michael C. Hall) and Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) also visited Buckingham Palace, as did the Reverend Billy Graham (Paul Sparks).
Here's what The Crown season 3 will be about and everything we know about who stars in the new episodes and when fans will be able to see it on Netflix:
When Will The Crown Season 3 Release?
The Crown season 3 is expected to be released in early 2019, although Netflix has not officially announced a premiere date or released a trailer. Production for the new season experienced initial delays because all of the series' primary roles had to be recast, per executive producer Peter Morgan's plan is to have new actors portray Queen Elizabeth and the Royals every two seasons. As a result, The Crown season 3 missed the November/December 2018 release date that would have been in line to season 1 and 2's schedule. However, the series is shooting season 3 and season 4 back-to-back, which hopefully means a shorter wait for fans in the future.
The New Cast For The Crown Season 3
The Crown features an all-new cast for season 3 (and 4). Olivia Colman takes over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy, who set a high bar by winning the Best Actress Emmy for her portrayal of the monarch in season 2. Tobias Menzies will portray Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, a role previously played by Matt Smith. Helena Bonham-Carter replaces Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Ben Daniels takes over the role of Lord Snowdon, husband to Princess Margaret, from Matthew Goode.
Season 3 of The Crown also features Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Marion Bailey as The Queen Mother, and Emerald Fennell as Camilla Shand (now known as Camilla Parker-Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall and wife of Prince Charles).
The Crown Season 3's Story
The Crown season 3 will span the years 1964-1976, which places Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in their 50s. During this time period, the Queen cultivates her steadiest relationship yet with the head of the British government, Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The season will also shift more of a focus to the Queen's children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles, and will depict his investiture as Prince of Wales on July 1, 1969, as well as the beginnings of Charles' relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles. As for Princess Margaret, the season will depict the collapse of her marriage to Lord Snowdon.
More history The Crown season 3 will cover includes the decolonization of Africa and the Caribbean in the early 1970s and the Aberfan tragedy, in which 116 children and 28 adults died in the Welsh village in October 1966. Set photos released show Olivia Colman in costume recreating the Queen's visit to the grieving village following the tragedy. However, fans hoping to see Diana Spencer may have to wait until The Crown season 4 as the future Princess Diana is not expected to appear in season 3.
Nevertheless, fans of The Crown are assured that season 3 will continue the sumptuous drama of the Royals in the 20th century that they've come to love.