‘The Crown’: Trailer For Final Season Puts the Focus on The Queen While Announcing Two-Part Release

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Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in the fifth season of 'The Crown.' The series' sixth and final season will be released in two parts on Nov. 16 and Dec. 14, 2023. Photo: Alex Bailey/Netflix

Bingers beware: the final season of The Crown is on its way – but Netflix is releasing it in two parts.

The streaming service revealed the hit show’s staggered release plan in the first trailer for the highly anticipated final season. The first four episodes will hit the platform on Nov. 16 and then the last six will arrive nearly a month later, on Dec. 14.

The trailer features actress Imelda Staunton, 67, as Queen Elizabeth II. It also gives nods to both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, who played the monarch in previous seasons, by splicing together a dramatic monologue from the three actresses paying homage to the late Queen’s dedication to service:

“The Crown is a symbol of permanence, it’s something you are, not what you do. Some portion of our natural selves is always lost. We have all made sacrifices, it is not a choice. It is a duty.”

The trailer comes to a close with Staunton’s Queen preparing to greet a massive crowd of her subjects and asking: “But what about the life I put aside? The woman I put aside?”

The final season of The Crown will cover the late 1990s and early 2000s, including the tragic death of Princess Diana in 1997. 

Speaking onstage at the Edinburgh TV Festival, The Crown’s executive producer Suzanne Mackie promised the show would handle the sensitive subject matter with care. 

“There were very careful, long conversations about how we were going to do it,” Mackie said of their approach.

The series will also follow Prince William and Kate Middleton’s blooming romance at the University of St. Andrews, where the pair first met. 

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Debicki — who played Diana beginning in season five — says she’s gained a new understanding of the People’s Princess through her portrayal. 

“I never really understood what was lost because I hadn’t experienced the impact that she had on the public,” the Australian actress told Variety of the role. “She’s taught me a lot; I think she lived her life with an enormous amount of courage and with a strong love ethic. She really loved deeply and she needed to be loved in a way that I don’t know she ever really found.”

Joining Staunton and Debicki in the final season are Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Olivia Williams as Queen Consort, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Ed McVey as Prince William, Luther Ford as Prince Harry and Meg Bellamy as Kate Middleton.


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