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The Crown is back: return date for Netflix hit confirmed

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The Crown has officially announced the return date for its penultimate season in a video shared on social media.

The short teaser starring Imelda Staunton—the actress who will portray Queen Elizabeth II in the final two seasons of The Crown—mimics The Queen’s annual Christmas message. In the video, she says: “Hello, I am Imelda Staunton, and I am currently on the set of The Crown, where we have begun filming season five.

“I am delighted to be here inheriting the role of Queen Elizabeth from two outstanding actresses, most recently Olivia Colman and who could forget the actress who originated the part, Claire Foy. I will do my utmost to maintain the very high standard they set. Hopefully, I look calm, collected and capable; my stomach, meanwhile, is doing somersaults.

“On behalf of the cast and crew, we look forward to bringing you the next season of The Crown in November 2022.”

The hit Netflix show will take place in the tumultuous ‘90s in its fifth season. Anticipated storylines include the War of the Waleses, the breakdown of the marriage between the Prince and Princess of Wales; The Queen’s annus horribilis in 1992; and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Joining Staunton is another all-star cast playing principal roles as senior members of the Royal Family. Jonathan Pryce will portray the Duke of Edinburgh. Dominic West will portray Prince Charles. Elizabeth Debicki will portray Diana, Princess of Wales.

Leslie Manville will portray Princess Margaret; Olivia Williams will play Camilla Parker-Bowles; Marcia Warren will play Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and Jonny Lee Miller will play Prime Minister John Major.

The Crown recently swept the Primetime Emmy Awards for its fourth season. Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II), Josh Connor (Prince Charles), Gillian Anderson (Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher) and Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip) all took home acting prizes for their portrayals, and the show won Best Drama.

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Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.