It is more than 20 months ago The crown Season 2 fell on Netflix (613 days for those of us who have marked the days off in the calendar). And while there was a lot of news from the royal family at that time – the birth of Prince Louis, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, Princess Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank, and the birth of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, to name but a few – the royal event We were most looking forward to the return of … The crown, Season 3 is finally premiered.

Since its debut on November 4, 2016, the Netflix series, which won the Golden Globe for Best Drama and a handful of Emmys in 2017 (including one for Claire Foy as the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series), is an undeniable hit. The streaming series, created by double Oscar nominee Peter Morgan, follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the ups and downs of the royal family.

After watching the first two seasons for sure, we look at the third season. Here is everything we know The crownIs the next season so far.

1. The crown Season 3 will be premiered on November 17, 2019.

After nearly two years waiting, Netflix surprised everyone with a very dramatic teaser on Monday, August 12th The crownThe third season, in which we premiered on November 17, and a quick look at our new queen.

2. Olivia Colman will play Queen Elizabeth II.

From the beginning, creator Peter Morgan made it clear that every season of The crown It would take about a decade of history, and the cast would change for the third season and again for the fifth season (to more accurately portray the characters 20 and 40 years later). In October 2017, it was announced that Olivia Colman – who had cracked up at the beginning of the year for her work in an Oscar for best actress The favourite– would take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II.

Although she might be best known to the American audience for her roles in Broadchurch and The night manager (The latter brought her a Golden Globe in 2017). Colman is no stranger to playing a member of the royal family. In addition to her award-winning role as Queen Anne in The favouriteshe played Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon – wife of King George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret – in Hyde Park on the Hudson (2012).

3. Tobias Menzies takes over the office of Prince Philip.

Between Outlander. The terror, and Game of Thrones, Tobias Menzies has been busy these days. In late March 2017, it was announced that he will take over Matt Smith's role as Prince Philip for the next two seasons The crown– and Smith could not have been happier. Shortly after the announcement was made, Smith described his replacement as "the perfect casting." observer: "He's a wonderful actor, I worked with him The history boysand he is a fantastic actor. I am very excited about what he is doing with Prince Philip. "

4. Menzies had little interest in the royal family before the occupation the crown,

Menzies was pleased about his casting in The crown. saying "I am very pleased, the new cast of" The crown and to work with Olivia Colman again. I'm looking forward to becoming her Lehnsmann. "But in February 2019, Menzies admitted he was not too familiar with the history of the royal family." The royals did not interest me before I did the role, "Menzies told I was not someone who read about them or dealt with them, but I was very fascinated by [Prince Philip’s] Life. He is a pretty interesting guy. He is a complex person with complex stories. I have a lot of respect for him. "

5. Menzies accidentally slipped the Season 3 release a few weeks before Netflix.

We do not say that Netflix did not always intend to announce the release of the third season in August, but we know that Menzies, in late July when he appeared on Jo Good's BBC radio show, has an important detail about the new one Season revealed. While he talks about his role in The crownMenzies commented, "We shot the third season and it starts in November." Oops!

6. Paul Bettany came very close to the role of Menzies.

If you remember hearing rumors that Paul Bettany would be playing the Duke of Edinburgh, no, you're not fooling yourself. For a while, it seemed that the London-born actor was an imposition on the role, but it turned out that the plan was not in Bettany's favor. Asked about rumors that he was about to sign a deal for Philip, Bettany said, "We were discussing it because we just could not really settle for appointments. [That] is everything that happened. "

7. Helena Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret.

After months of speculation – and a big hint on Instagram – Netflix finally confirmed in May 2018 the rumor that Helena Bonham Carter would play Princess Margaret The crownis next season. "I'm not sure what I'm more afraid of doing justice to is true Princess Margaret or following in the footsteps of Vanessa Kirby's Princess Margaret," Bonham Carter said about the role being shortened [than Vanessa], "

Like Colman, Bonham Carter also has some experience in the Royal game: She played Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, a.k.a. the Queen Mother, in the Academy Awards The speech of the king,

8. Princess Diana will not appear in Season 3.

As The crown progress, time will be. Although fans feared that due to the current time jumps between seasons, it would take a few more years for Princess Diana to be featured, Morgan said People Magazine that Princess Diana will be appearing for the first time towards the end of the third season and that she will play an important role in the two following seasons. Casting director Nina Gold later disproved this idea.

"Diana is not in this season," Gold said Vanity Fair, "If we come to her, that'll be pretty interesting." Charles and Diana did not meet until 1977, when the prince began meeting Diana's older sister Sarah. According to diversitySeason three will only cover the years 1964 to 1976.

9. Camilla Parker Bowles is introduced.

Since it is difficult to fully describe the relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana without including Camilla Parker Bowles as part of the story, the current Duchess of Cornwall will make her first appearance in the third season and be played by Call the midwife Star emerald fennel.

10. The actress who plays Camilla had a key role behind the scenes Kill Evesecond season.

Similar to fleabag The creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, a well-known actress and author, Emerald Fennell, also spent many hours behind the camera. In fact, as a Waller Bridge – who evolved Kill Eve for television – resigned from in its second season, the series concentrates on season 2 of fleabagIt was Fennell who stepped into her shoes as a writer and showrunner. (She was nominated for two Emmys for her work on the show this year, including Excellent drama series and outstanding writing for a drama series.

11. Buckingham Palace gets an upgrade.

Though it's hard to imagine the set design being more lavish, Left Bank, the series' production company, asked for more studio space for their sets at Elstree Studios by the end of 2017, and was given permission in April to do just that. According to diversityThe left bank specifically asked for building permission for a new main gate and a new exterior of Buckingham Palace, including the iconic balcony on which the Royals stand in key moments. The plans for Downing Street show a new number 10 and the road that leads to the building itself. The sketches for the new work, seen from diversity, show an aerial view of Downing Street with a Rolls Royce pulling up before number 10. "

12. Princess Margaret's marriage to Lord Snowdon will be part of the story.

Princess Margaret's rollercoaster relationship with Antony Armstrong-Jones played a big role The crownThe second season and the dissolution of their marriage will take place in the third season.

"We're writing the third season now," said Robert Lacey, the series' history consultant and author The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1, told city ​​Country In December. "And in season three, without giving anything away – it's on the record, it's history – seeing the dissolution of this extraordinary marriage between Margaret and Snowdon, this season sees how it starts and what a strange character brilliant character who was Snowdon. "

13. Jason Watkins will play Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

At the same time as Netflix confirmed Bonham Carter's casting, the network announced that BAFTA award winner Jason Watkins had been cast as Harold Wilson, who was Prime Minister between 1964 and 1970 and 1974-1976. "I am delighted to be a part of this extraordinary show," said Watkins, "and so excited to be working with Peter Morgan again.Harold Wilson is a significant and intriguing character in our history, and we look forward to seeing him in a decade to bring to life what has changed us culturally and culturally politically. "

14. Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher.

Okay, that might be a fourth season treat – but it's worth talking about anyway. This was announced in January 2019 The crown had poured his Iron Lady: former X-Files Gillian Anderson will play former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher The crown& # 39; s fourth season.

15. Princess Diana from Season 4 was cast.

Ok, so we're cheating with another Season 4 news – but it's big news. On April 9, 2019, Netflix confirmed with a press release that the producers have found their Princess Diana in the newcomer Emma Corrin. The actress who gave her television debut earlier this year in a series Grantchester and will appear in the movie wrongdoing with Keira Knightley later this year she will make her debut in the next season of the series.

"Emma is a brilliant talent that immediately captivated us when she joined Diana Spencer," inventor Morgan said in a statement. "Not only does she have the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, but she also has the breadth and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who has become the most iconic teenager of her generation from anonymous teenagers."

Understandably, Corrin was equally excited to announce the news. "I have been firmly anchored in the series since the first episode and believing that I belong to this incredibly talented actor family is simply surreal," she said. "Princess Diana was an icon, and her impact on the world remains profound and inspiring, and having the chance to explore her through Peter Morgan's writing is the most extraordinary opportunity, and I will strive to do it justice! "

16. We may not have to wait so long to see Season 4.

Even before a release date for Season 3 was announced, Peter Morgan confirmed that seasons 3 and 4 were shot back-to-back. That means we may not have to wait until Season 4 arrives.