Netflix releases the first full The Crown season 3 trailer revealing Olivia Colman's Queen Elizabeth dealing with the continued pressure of upholding her duties as the British monarch. After almost two years of waiting, the critically acclaimed historical drama is almost back with fresh episodes. And to drum up the hype as its November release nears, an official sneak peek is rolled out giving fans their first proper look at the new cast.
In season 3, Colman takes over the role as the Queen from Claire Foy, while Tobias Menzies assumes the role of the Duke of Edinburgh from Matt Smith. Helena Bonham Carter becomes Princess Margaret, previously played by Vanessa Kirby and Ben Daniels as her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon, formerly portrayed by Matthew Goode. Aside from the main four, Josh O'Connor will debut an older Prince Charles. The Crown season 3 will pick up the same year season 2 ended and will tackle Harold Wilson's two terms as the country's prime minister until 1976. And as fans will see in the new trailer, his ascension to his political role will be discussed from the Windsors' point-of-view in the drama.
Released by Netflix, The Crown season 3 trailer focuses on the changing times in Great Britain while the monarch tries to keep up. Clocking in at two minutes and 30 seconds, the clip teases fans of the Queen's 25th anniversary on the throne and the events in the country leading to that. It also seems like the rivalry between Elizabeth and Margaret will continue, while the latter also deals with her failing marriage to Lord Snowdon. Finally, Charles' presence as the heir to the crown is established. Watch the full promo video from Netflix below:
The Crown season 2 shone a light on the Queen and Prince Phillip's rocky marriage. It even played with rumors that the Duke of Edinburgh cheated on his wife, which the show purposefully kept vague until the end. Fortunately, it seems like things are better with the royal couple when season 3 begins as Menzies' iteration of Phillip gets more comfortable in his role as the Queen's husband. But as their relationship becomes more stable, Margaret's married life goes downhill with the inclusion of seemingly intense scenes between her and Armstrong-Jones.
While focus was predominantly on Colman's Queen Elizabeth (who impressively sounds so much like Foy's version), it's clear that The Crown is laying the seeds for Charles' future story. The trailer also officially introduces Emerald Fennell as young Camilla Parker Bowles. Hints of the upcoming tension between the Prince of Wales and his family are prominent towards the end of the video, especially as he's advised to not turn his back on true love. Fans know that this would eventually cause serious issues moving forward with the arrival of Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin). But in true The Crown fashion, the promotional clip ends with the Queen emphasizing how difficult it is to carry the responsibility that comes with being a monarch, something that was instilled in her by her grandmother when she assumed the throne.
The Crown season 3 will stream exclusively on Netflix beginning Sunday, November 17.