The award winning series The Crown will return to Netflix this December for season two. Filming, pictured above, took place in late 2016 and early 2017.
The first season covered Queen Elizabeth II’s marriage to Prince Philip in 1947 and the resignation of Winston Churchill.
The second season, due to debut on December 8th will continue to star Claire Foy as The Queen and Matt Smith as Prince Philip. Though Foy and Smith will pass on their roles come season 3.
The trailer for season two shows the royal couple awaiting the birth of Prince Edward. It also explores the Suez Crisis, an illegal war in Egypt and parliamentary scandals. The season will finish in 1963 with the downfall of Prime minister Harold Macmillan.
“I’ve been Queen barely ten years and in that time I’ve had three prime ministers. Not one has lasted the course” Foy says in her role as Elizabeth, referring to the events of her reign in season one.
As well as that, season two will also feature Matthew Goode as Princess Margaret’s photographer husband, Tony Armstrong-Jones.
The creator of the show, Peter Morgan, said ahead of the series: “Tony is everything the palace isn’t; seductive, dangerous, risque.”
Morgan spoke about what season 2 covered as he said: “We’re confronted with a rapidly changing Britain in this season, moving from the flickering embers of Britain’s dying empire in 1956-in the aftermath of the disastrous Suez war- through the premiership of a new Prime Minister, Harold Macmillian, and culminating in his resignation in late 1963.”
Morgan also said: “These are vital, fascinating years – a period where Britain rejected a certain type of paternalistic leadership. The changes during these years will make for some uncomfortable adjustments in the years to come for the Royal family.”
Netflix invested £100 million into the royal drama. Six seasons are current planned, exploring different periods of the Queen’s reign. The investment makes it the most expensive TV show to date.
Series two will air on Netflix on December the 8th.