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The Crown announces series four premiere date and teases royal wedding

Fans of Netflix’s hit drama The Crown can finally add an exciting date to their diaries. Series four will premiere Sunday, 15 November, the streaming service announced Thursday.

A teaser trailer for the long-awaited fourth series was released, giving viewers a first official glimpse at newcomer Emma Corrin as Diana, Princess of Wales.

“Something as important as the monarchy simply cannot be allowed to fail,” Olivia Colman narrates as Queen Elizabeth II, with the actress riding in uniform as the teaser trailer for the new series begins.

The 30-second preview includes scenes of Gillian Anderson as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, cutting to a young Diana Spencer facing the paparazzi. The trailer ends with a dramatic shot of the back of Diana’s famous wedding gown as she walks through the palace.

The fourth series picks up in the 1970s, with Thatcher as Britain’s first female Prime Minister and a young Prince of Wales (played by Josh O’Connor, returning from series three) in search of a wife.

While the ups and downs of Charles and Diana’s courtship – and their 1981 wedding – will be a large focus of the new installment of the popular drama, expect to see conflict involving Thatcher, especially her tumultuous relationship with The Queen.

Colman expressed her worries about playing Her Majesty in a recent interview with The Mirror, saying: “You’re thinking, ‘Oh my God, what if Queen Elizabeth II ­watches the series and sees me? Perhaps she will think that my interpretation is completely wrong. She’s going to change channels.”

Along with Colman, Helena Bonham Carter will continue her role as Princess Margaret in series four, along with Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip and Erin Doherty as Princess Anne.

Earlier this week, it was announced Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki would take over from Corrin to play Diana in the final two series of The Crown.

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Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.