December 1, 2022
Our First Look At The Crown: Season 5 Has Arrived From The Palace

By royal decree, our first look at The Crown Season 5 has arrived. Buckingham Palace reopens its doors on Netflix on November 9th

After the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the fifth season of The Crown went on hiatus. In fact, production was shut down completely as a mark of respect for the United Kingdom’s beloved patriarch. And for a time, it seemed as if the series would languish on the shelf until the dust settled. But thankfully, with all the pageantry coming to a close and King Charles now taking on his official duties as monarch, the series is back with a bang. And today, Netflix has shared our first look at the upcoming season that not only begins with an all-new cast but promises to explore the most turbulent period in Royal history.

The final years of Princess Diana.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles in The Crown Season 5
Dominic West as Charles, Prince of Wales (left) in The Crown, Season 5.


But before we look ahead at what’s to come, let’s explore those all-important cast changes and meet the actors who will carry this bold new chapter forwards. Filling the shoes of Queen Elizabeth II is a daunting task. And following the dazzling performances of Claire Foy and Olivia Coleman, the duty has been awarded to Imelda Staunton. Also joining the series are Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki, who play Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Jonathan Pryce takes over as Prince Philip from Tobias Menzies, Lesley Manville arrives as Princess Margaret, Claudia Harrison dazzles as Princess Anne, and Olivia Williams stars as Camilla Parker Bowles. And rounding out the cast, Jonny Lee Miller stars as Prime Minister John Major.

ImQueen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in The Crown Season 5
Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II (left) and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (right) in The Crown, Season 5.


Perhaps the most important cast change is the role of Princess Diana. With her tragic death being a focal point of the fifth season, it was important to find the right actor to step into Emma Corrin’s shoes. And this honor has been passed to Elizabeth Debicki. This season will see Diana embracing the spotlight and carving a new way forward for herself and the monarchy as it enters the 1990s. But if you were hoping to see the events of her death unfold on the screen you’re in for a disappointment. The showrunners have confirmed that the show will feature the build-up to the tragic accident and the aftermath. But, the accident itself will not be explored and dramatized in the series.

Princess Diana in The Crown Season 5
Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales in The Crown, Season 5.


Another coup for the series is the casting of Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip. The legendary former James Bond villain is a true icon of British cinema. And the thought of him applying his talents to the role of the Duke of Edinburgh is an enticing prospect. And for his appearance in season 5, Price has promised to deliver a performance that highlights the man behind the public figure.


And of course, the series wouldn’t be complete without the heir to the throne. And tasked with replacing the impressive Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles is Dominic West. The final season will explore what’s actually happening behind the headlines, political crises, and scandals, as his relationship with Diana deteriorates. And as his affection for Camilla Parke Bowels (played by Olivia Williams) intensifies.

Charles and Camilla in The Crown Season 5
Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles (left) in The Crown, Season 5.


With the new decade in its stride, the Royal Family are presented with possibly their biggest challenge to date; as the public openly question their role in ‘90s Britain.


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This season is shaping up to be one of the best yet. And if the quality of past seasons is anything to go by, the fifth season will be a mainstay of our winter watchlist.  As mentioned above, the fifth season of The Crown will premiere on Netflix on November 9th, 2022. The season consists of TEN one-hour episodes. Will you be slipping into your Sunday best to return to Buckingham Palace? Or is the show returning too soon after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II? Sound off below.



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