Warning: Contains minor spoilers for season three of The Crown.
After binge-watching season 2 of Netflix’s The Crown, which was released in December, you probably can’t wait to see what’s in store for the fascinating royals as the show explores the next stage of their lives. The next two seasons will only get more interesting as we become intimately acquainted with some of the younger members of the family and their drama.
Here are the answers to all of your burning questions about season 3 of the hit show—and we’ll be making updates as we learn more.
When will it air?
The BBC reports that season 3 will air some time in 2019, but there’s no definite date yet.
What’s the time period?
Season 2 left off in 1964, and according to Variety, the third season will follow on from the late 1960s.
So, what do we know is going to happen?
It has been confirmed that season 3 will show the beginnings of the breakdown between Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones’ relationship. The couple divorced in 1978.
Who is in the new cast?
The main characters are being recast every two seasons (six seasons are planned in total) in order to portray them in their later years, which means the whole cast is changing in season 3.
It was announced last October that British actress Olivia Colman will be replacing Claire Foy as Her Majesty in the third and fourth season. Colman won a Best Actress Oscar this year for The Favourite, and Golden Globe in 2017 for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Night Manager.
On July 16, 2018, the first image of Colman as the Queen was released on Twitter:
Helena Bonham Carter has been confirmed to play Princess Margaret in seasons 3 and 4, after Vanessa Kirby played her for two seasons, Vulture reports. Kirby teased the casting in January with a cryptic Instagram post of her self and Bonham Carter, with the caption “Honoured @thecrownnetflix.”
The first image of Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret was released on July 18:
“I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about—doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret,” Bonham Carter said in a statement. “The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter than Vanessa.”
In March 2018, it was announced that Tobias Menzies will play Prince Philip—previously played by Matt Smith—in season 3. According to Deadline, the actor has signed on for two seasons; he’s known for his work in Outlander, Game of Thrones, and AMC’s spring series The Terror. There was talk that the part would go to Paul Bettany (you may know him from the Marvel Cinematic Universe), but it was announced in late January that he could not take on the role due to a scheduling conflict.
The first image of Menzies as Prince Philip was released on August 28, 2018:
Prince Charles will make his first appearance as an adult in the third season. God’s Own Country actor Josh O’Connor joked about landing the role: “I’m very aware it’s a formidably talented family to be joining but reliably informed I have the ears for the part and will fit right in.”
Another character who will be introduced in season 3 is Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Charles’ eventual second wife. She will be played by Emerald Fennell, who is also the head writer on season 2 of Killing Eve. “I’m absolutely over the moon, and completely terrified, to be joining so many hugely talented people on The Crown,” Fennell said. “I absolutely love Camilla, and am very grateful that my teenage years have well prepared me for playing a chain-smoking serial snogger with a pudding bowl hair cut.”
Ben Daniels will play Antony Armstrong-Jones, a role played by Matthew Goode in the last season. Netflix released an image of him in the role, too:
Taking over from Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother will be Marion Bailey (Allied).
Netflix has also announced that Jason Watkins, of the British sitcom Trollied, will play Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the third season.
In June 2018, we discovered that Erin Doherty, of Call the Midwife fame, was lined up to play Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Previously, the young version of Anne was played by Lyla Barrett-Rye.
What about Princess Diana?
In 2016, People reported that season 3 will give us our first peek at Princess Diana, who is said to be a focus in later seasons of the show. However, it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer to meet the people’s princess in the show. On April 9, Netflix confirmed that Diana would have a definite role in The Crown. The streaming platform made the announcement on Twitter, stating that newcomer Emma Corrin will assume the role for the fourth season of the show. Corrin has had roles in Alex’s Dream, Grantchester, and forthcoming movie, Misbehaviour, in which she stars alongside Keira Knightley Suki Waterhouse, and more.
“I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal,” Corrin said in a statement. “Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity and I will strive to do her justice!”
What do we know about season 4, though?
One of our favorite reports is that Gillian Anderson has signed on to play Margaret Thatcher. Netflix has not confirmed this yet, but can you imagine?