IT BEGINS. The Crown has teasingly delivered our first look at queen Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, shaking us mere peasants to our very core.

The pose, the tea, the gaze – she’s glorious:

The award-winning actor, who you’ll know for her outstanding performances in Broadchurch and The Night Manager, succeeds Claire Foy as the Head of the Commonwealth in the series’ third season.

The critically acclaimed Netflix series shall enter a new era of the Queen’s reign with the third and fourth season telling the events between 1964 to 1976.

Per the Radio Timesfilming only just commenced this month as confirmed by Colman who has already been in touch with Foy to discuss their character.

Of the latter Colman said: “She’s fucking amazing and it’s a very hard act to follow.”

Fair enough, although if anyone could do it it’s definitely Colman.

Earlier this year it was announced Tobias Menzies would step into the role of an older Prince Philip MountbattenDuke Of Edinburghreplacing the ever so marvellous Matt Smith. 

You may remember Menzies as the bloody creepy shit Jonathan Randall, from Outlander. 

Helena Bonham Carter shall take the role of Princess Margaret, formally played by Vanessa Kirby. While Josh O’Connor is tipped to play a young Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall. 

Last year at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, show producer Suzanne Mackie announced the third season would begin to introduce Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall into the series. Show creator Peter Morgan had reportedly already planned the introduction since before the show’s second season aired.

An official release date has yet to be announced but as production just begun, Season Three will most likely hit the streaming service early 2019.

As The Crown encourages, have patience.

You can find the first two seasons on Netflix.

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