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The Crown season 5 release date speculation, cast, trailer and more

Here's everything we know about The Crown season 5 release date as the trials and tribulations of the Royal Family are far from over

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When is The Crown season 5 release date? During the course of four seasons, Netflix’s prestigious TV series The Crown has tracked the trials and tribulations of the UK’s most famous clan, The Windsors. But what’s next for the British royal family and their matriarch Queen Elizabeth?

So far, we’ve seen her majesty steer her blue-blooded brood through the rise and fall of several Prime Ministers, a royal wedding or two, and even the outbreak of a war. Now, as we move out of the ’80s and into the ’90s, Liz and her swanky bloodline face the most difficult decade of their rule.

There’s disaster, divorce, and death on the horizon for the royals, but when is The Crown season 5 due to be released? Which tabloid headlines will it adapt for the small screen? And who will replace the outgoing cast? Well, don’t worry, we’ve consulted with our sources in court to bring you everything you need to know The Crown season 5 release date.

The Crown season 5 release date speculation

Netflix has announced the official The Crown season 5 release date. The show will be returning to screens on Novermber 9, 2022. This also acts as confirmation of the fact that the release of The Crown season 5 will not be delayed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

This come after the streaming service had earlier revealed, in a message from the show’s new Queen Elizabeth (Imelda Staunton), that The Crown will return in November 2022. However now we have the specific date.

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During the short video, Staunton pays tribute to her predecessors Clare Foy and Olivia Coleman before adding: “On behalf of the cast and crew, we look forward to bringing you the next season of The Crown in November 2022”.

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The Crown season 5 plot speculation

The Crown season 5 will focus on a particularly turbulent time in royal history, the early-to-mid ’90s. The season 4 finale saw Maggie Thatcher turfed out of Downing Street in 1990, but The Crown won’t pick up immediately where it left off in 1990.

It’s rumoured that the fifth season will begin in 1992 (the year the Queen described as her “annus horribilis”) and cover five years before ending with the death of Princess Diana in 1997. None of that’s been officially confirmed by Netflix as of yet, but the fact that Bertie Carvel has been cast as Tony Blair – who came to power in 1997 – lends weight to the rumours.

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If The Crown is covering 1992 to 1997, then it seems likely we’ll see the Queen and Charles’s relationship continue to deteriorate as he pursues his relationship with Camilla and divorces Diana. It’s also expected that the disgraced Prince Andrew will play a significant role in the upcoming season, as this was when he divorced Sarah Ferguson.

Martin Bashir’s notorious Panorama interview with Diana will be addressed at some point as well. Still, it’s not all doom and gloom for The Firm, the Queen’s golden wedding anniversary happened in 1997, so maybe we’ll see that as well?

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The Crown season 5 trailer

We now have a The Crown season 5 trailer. It gives us our first look at the Queen’s reaction to her so-called ‘annus horribilis’, as well as the upcoming media war between Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

It promises some explosive drama (what else would you expect?) as the fortunes of the Royal Family look like they could be on the down. It’s the first real chance audiences have had to see the new cast in action. You can decide for yourself whether or not they’ve lived up to their predecessors.

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The Crown season 5 cast speculation

The Crown refreshes and replaces its cast every two seasons to reflect the passing years. So it’s out with the old – Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, and Helena Bonham Carter – and in with the new.

Imelda Staunton (who you probably know as the Harry Potter villain Umbridge) will be stepping into the Queen’s expensive shoes. Jonathan Pryce of Game of Thrones fame will play Phillip Elizabeth, while Elizabeth Debicki will portray the ‘People’s Princess’ Diana.

The Crown season 5 cast is:

  • Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II
  • Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip
  • Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret
  • Jonny Lee Miller as John Major
  • Dominic West as Prince Charles
  • Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana
  • Marcia Warren as The Queen Mother
  • Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles
  • Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne
  • James Murray as Prince Andrew
  • Emma Laird Craig as Sarah Ferguson
  • Sam Woolf as Prince Edward
  • Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed
  • Bertie Carvel as Tony Blair, Prime Minister
  • Prasanna Puwanarajah as Martin Bashir
  • Timothy Dalton as Peter Townsend

Will The Crown get a season 6?

Yes, The Crown was initially planned to run for five seasons, but Deadline reported that the show’s creator Peter Morgan decided they need a sixth season to do the Royal Family justice.

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“As we started to discuss the storylines for series 5,” Morgan said. “It soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story, we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons. To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”

That’s all we have on The Crown season 5 for now. If you want more family drama, check out our guide to the Succession season 4 release date.