‘The Crown’ to return in November with new queen

The Crown will return to its Netflix throne in early November.

The drama series about Queen Elizabeth II and her extended family will begin its fifth season on November 9, the streaming service said on Saturday.

The premiere will come two months after the Queen’s September 8 death at the age of 96. The Queen’s death meant that production of the sixth season was suspended on the day of her death and again on her funeral, which was marked by a Bank Holiday in the UK. 

In the coming season, Imelda Staunton will feature as the latest in a succession of actors who have played Elizabeth through the decades of her life and reign. The first two seasons starred Claire Foy as the young princess Elizabeth ascending to the throne and growing into her role as queen. Seasons three and four featured Olivia Colman as a more mature queen. 

Season five of The Crown is expected to cover the royal family’s stormy 1990s, when Charles and Diana’s marriage fell apart and the Princess of Wales death following a Paris car crash in August 1997.

The show has won 22 Emmy Awards, including a Best Drama Series trophy and top drama actress honours for Foy and Colman. Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles as a young man in 13 episodes, won a Best Drama Actor Emmy.

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