Fans of the crown simply cannot get enough of this show as it follows the life of a young Queen Elizabeth II and her family. But it seems the times they are a-changing as the third season follows a slightly older Queen Elizabeth in the 70s and this will mean a lot of changes to the much-loved show. Here are some of the biggest changes fans can expect when the new season airs on Netflix on 17 November 2019
New time period
Set a few years after the last season ended, the new series opens in 1977 during a decline in the standing of Great Britain and in the year of the Queens’ silver jubilee. Here viewers meet a more experienced and hardened queen as she faces some of her toughest challenges, challenges in her role as monarch and as her role as sister and mother. The show will also explore the declining marriage of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and her photographer husband as they slowly edge towards more scandal and eventual divorce.
A new cast
Show creators felt it was important to have a queen who looked her age. So, after two spectacular seasons of playing the role of Queen Elizabeth II, Claire Foy has left the show and made way for Oscar winner Olivia Colman.
That’s not the only switch up this season as the role of Princess Margaret will now go to Helena Bonham Carter, who has decided to make the transition to the small screen. Matt Smith also stands aside for Tobias Menzies to fill the role of Prince Philip. While the changeup is a little jarring for fans, as the show will now move on to follow a new phase of the Queens’ reign it makes sense to cast different actors. With a new cast and a new era its exciting to see what will happen.
Prince Charles is all grown up
Josh O’Connor will be joining the cast to play a young, albeit moody, prince Charles a few years after he has formally crowned the Prince of Wales. The show will explore the sometimes turbulent relationships between Charles and his family and also will touch briefly on Charles’s early relationship with Camilla.
In fact, this early romance with Camilla is set to be a key focus of the plot and fans cannot wait to see how their love affair really started. A young Diana will also make an appearance and will be played by newcomer Emma Corrin.