‘The Crown’ Season 6: First-Look Photos of Older Princes William and Harry, and Introduction of Kate Middleton

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Actor Ed McVey as Prince William in the second half of Season 6 of 'The Crown.' The final episodes depict William and Kate's budding romance. Photo: Justin Downing/Netflix

Netflix has released a batch of new photos from the last six episodes of The Crown.

The final instalment of the series  – which hits the steaming platform on Dec. 14 – will take an expansive look at the events following Diana’s death, including Prince William’s return to Eton and his fairytale courtship with Kate Middleton.

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The second instalment of season 6 sees Luther Ford and McVey join the cast as Harry and William. Photo: Justin Downing/Netflix


The new photos give fans their first look at a grown-up William and Harry, played by Ed McVey and Luther Ford, but the introduction of Kate Middleton, played by Meg Bellamy, is generating the most buzz.

While the Prince and Princess of Wales began their romance studying at St. Andrews University, pictures from the second half of Season six don’t depict the couple with their nose buried in the books.

The show will highlight the now-famous moment Kate wowed William at a university fashion show in 2002.  In the series, Bellamy’s Kate is seen walking the runway in a recreation of the show-stopping sheer black number that allegedly caught the young Royal’s eye that night.

It’s widely believed to be the moment that Prince William saw Kate as a romantic prospect. Up until that point, the pair, who were roommates with another friend at the time, had only been companions.

Meg Bellamy as during her university fashion show appearance that caught the eye of Prince William. Photo: Justin Downing/Netflix


Charlotte Todd, the designer of the real-life dress, told People  she crafted the alluring outfit for a university assignment, which was aptly named “Art of Seduction.” She called it “pure chance” that the future princess wore it for the show.

“Everyone says that the fashion show was when the romance started, so a small part of me will always be part of royal history,” she added.

Back at Buckingham Palace, the series delves into the Queen’s (Imelda Staunton, 67) management of public opinion following the death of Diana, and sees her reflect on the future of the monarchy as she approaches her Golden Jubilee. The final episodes also cover the marriage of Charles (Dominic West, 54) and Camilla Parker Bowles (Olivia Williams, 55).

The first half of the final season consisted of four episodes, which focused on Diana’s final months, including her relationship with film producer Dodi Fayed as well as their last moments together before their fatal 1997 car crash in Paris.

Along with Staunton and West, the rest of the ensemble returns for the show’s final stretch, including Jonathan Pryce, 76, as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville, 67, as Princess Margaret, Claudia Harrison, 47, as Princess Anne and Bertie Carvel, 46, as Tony Blair.

Scroll down for more of the newly-released photos from Season 6. 

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Kate Middleton and Prince William in the early days of their courtship. Photo: Justin Downing/Netflix


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Prince Charles (Dominic West) and Camilla Parker Bowles (Olivia Williams) marry in the final episodes. Photo: Justin Downing/Netflix


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Princess Margaret played by Lesley Manville. Photo: Justin Downing/Netflix


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Queen Elizabeth II (Imelda Staunton) waves beside Prince Philip (Jonathan Pryce). Photo: Justin Downing/Netflix


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Prince Charles during a tumultuous period of his life. Photo: Justin Downing/Netflix


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Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry on a Royal vacation. Photo: Justin Downing/Netflix


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Prime Minister Tony Blair played by Bertie Carvel. Photo: Leftbank/Netflix