The Crown is set to arrive later this year with its sixth and final season. For the first time in the show’s history, the season will be released in two instalments, debuting first on November 16th before releasing the final six episodes on December 14th.
Created by acclaimed British screenwriter and playwright Peter Morgan, the show debuted its first series in 2016, featuring Claire Foy as a young Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as King Phillip.
The Crown then established a format which would feature its main cast for two seasons before boasting new actors to portray the main characters in the later years of its life.
After initially tracking the events of Elizabeth from her wedding in 1947 to her ascension to the throne following the death of her father, King George VI in 1955, the second series covered the events between 1956 and 1964, which involved the Suez Crisis and the resignation of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.
This sixth and final season will see Imelda Staunton reprise her role from the fifth season as Queen Elizabeth II, and introduce esteemed British actor Bertie Carvel as Prime Minister Tony Blair. It’s expected to depict the beginning of Blair’s premiership, the death of Princess Diana, the wedding between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles and the blossoming romance between Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Below, we have everything we know about the upcoming season.
What will The Crown season six be about?
The Crown chronicles Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, beginning with her wedding in 1947 and extending into the early 21st century.
The forthcoming sixth season is anticipated to be situated within the years 1997 to 2005. It will showcase key events such as the Tony Blair premiership, the tragic passing of Diana, Princess of Wales, the budding romance between Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Who will play Princess Diana in The Crown season six?
Elizabeth Debicki is set to return as Diana, Princess of Wales in the sixth season, continuing her portrayal after succeeding Emma Corrin, who played the role in season five.
Will The Crown season six show Princess Diana’s death?
The cast and crew of The Crown were preparing to shoot scenes depicting the events leading up to Princess Diana’s tragic death, along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, in a car accident in Paris on August 31st, 1997. The series creator, Peter Morgan, has explicitly stated that the actual crash will not be depicted on screen.
Who will play Prince William and Kate Middleton in The Crown season six?
The Crown filled the roles of Prince William and Kate Middleton for its sixth season. The portrayal of Prince William will span his transition from a teenager to a young university student, with Rufus Kampa taking on the role at age 15, depicting his struggles following the loss of his mother, Diana.
Ed McVey will portray Prince William during his young adult years, capturing his courtship of the future Duchess of Cambridge after their meeting at St. Andrews in 2001. Newcomer Meg Bellamy has been cast as Kate Middleton, marking the screen debuts of all three actors.
Full cast for The Crown season six:
- melda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II[
- Viola Prettejohn as young Princess Elizabeth
- Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Elizabeth’s husband
- Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Elizabeth’s younger sister
- Beau Gadsdon as young Princess Margaret[
- Dominic West as Charles, Prince of Wales, Elizabeth and Philip’s eldest child and the heir apparent
- Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales, Charles’ ex-wife
- Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles, Charles’ long-time lover
- Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed, Diana’s lover who died alongside her in the 1997 car crash
- Salim Daw as Mohamed Al-Fayed, Dodi Fayed’s father
- Bertie Carvel as Tony Blair, Prime Minister 1997–2007
- Lydia Leonard as Cherie Blair, Tony Blair’s wife[
- Andrew Havill as Robert Fellowes, the Queen’s private secretary and brother-in-law of Princess Diana
- Marcia Warren as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, widow of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret[
- Claudia Harrison as Anne, Princess Royal, Elizabeth and Philip’s second child and only daughter
- Theo Fraser Steele as Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne’s husband
- James Murray as Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Elizabeth and Philip’s third child
- Sam Woolf as Prince Edward, Elizabeth and Philip’s youngest child[
- Ed McVey as Prince William of Wales, Charles and Diana’s elder son and the second-in-line for the British throne
- Rufus Kampa as young Prince William of Wales
- Meg Bellamy as Catherine Middleton, a classmate of Prince William
- Luther Ford as Prince Harry of Wales, Charles and Diana’s younger son and the third-in-line to the British throne
- Will Powell as young Prince Harry of Wales
- Richard Rycroft as George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury
What is the release date for The Crown season six?
Season six of The Crown will debut its initial four episodes on November 16th, and the remaining six will follow on December 14th.
Does The Crown season six have a trailer?
Yes. A brand new teaser trailer for the sixth and final season of The Crown was released on October 9th, 2023 and features various portrayals of the Queen, with Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, and Imelda Staunton, strolling through Buckingham Palace.
You can watch the teaser trailer below.