The show picks up in the 1960s with Olivia Colman stepping into the role of Queen Elizabeth, taking over for Claire Foy. There's a nod to this change in the first episode, when the queen is looking at postage stamps of her younger self and then calls herself an "old bat." The rest of the cast is new, as well, with Helena Bonham Carter as the queen's sister, Princess Margaret, and Tobias Menzies (of Outlander fame) as her husband, Prince Philip. “It’s a bit like changing contact lenses,” creator Peter Morgan told Entertainment Weekly about adjusting to new actors in the roles. “I think it takes you about five minutes to get used to it.” And Colman joked about taking over for the very popular Foy. “It’s horrendous,” she said. “Everyone loves Claire Foy, so I have got the worst job in the world at the moment. You’re saying all the worst things, thanks!”
In the first few episodes, we see Queen Elizabeth facing a crumbling British economy, a new prime minister, the death of Winston Churchill, feelings of inadequacy when compared with her "dazzling" younger sister, and a heartbreaking national tragedy in Wales. And that's before we get into the lives of her two oldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
Needless to say, fans are stoked about The Crown's return, and they took to social media to rave. "I binge-watched #TheCrown and I have no regrets," one person tweeted. "And Princess Anne! Unapologetically loving casual sex, giving zero f&%ks, throwing all the shade at her family, saving reputations, and giving her grandmother the public adoration she deserved."
The Crown is currently in production on season four, which is when we will first meet Princess Diana. We can hardly wait.
Originally Appeared on Glamour