The reign of The Crown is almost over.
Netflix’s Emmy darling will premiere the first part of its sixth and final season on Thursday, Nov. 16. Four episodes will be available on that date, with the final six episodes premiering the following month on December 16.
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Who is in the cast of The Crown season 6?
Over the six seasons of The Crown, most actors have played their role for two seasons before the show resets its cast as the timeline advances. As such, fans can expect most of the season 5 cast to return, including Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, Dominic West as Prince Charles, and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip. Other members of the returning cast include Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles, Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne, James Murray as Prince Andrew, Marcia Warren as the Queen Mother, Salim Daw as Mohamed Al-Fayed, and Bertie Carvel as Prime Minister Tony Blair.
What is the time period of season 6 of The Crown?
The trailer for the new season portends Princess Diana’s tragic passing, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, “the four episodes of part one will be focused on the months leading up to Diana’s death on Aug. 31, 1997,” along with the aftermath of the tragedy and the royal family’s response to it. This should be familiar territory for The Crown creator and showrunner Peter Morgan: He was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for the 2006 film The Queen, which covered these same events and won Helen Mirren an Academy Award for Best Actress.
The final six episodes of the season will move the story forward into the early parts of the 21st century. However, don’t expect the final batch of episodes to cover more recent events like Prince Harry’s marriage and subsequent separation from the royals, or Queen Elizabeth’s 2022 death. The Hollywood Report says the show’s final six episodes will cover a larger amount of time and touch on events like “Prince William’s return to Eton after his mother’s death, Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 and the early stages of William’s relationship with the woman who will become his wife, Kate Middleton.”