Netflix 'The Crown': What Does Series 3 Hold For The British Monarchy?

Claire Foy starred as Queen Elizabeth II in Series 1 and 2.

The Netflix original series 'The Crown' has been a wildly popular hit with viewers. It's a biographical drama about Queen Elizabeth II after her marriage to Philip, who was created the Duke of Edinburgh. The first series covers the years 1947 to 1955, with events such as the wedding of Elizabeth and Philip, the death of King George VI and Elizabeth's subsequent televised Coronation in 1953.

There was also the ill-fated romance between Elizabeth's sister, Princess Margaret and Group Captain Peter Townsend which culminated in them being forced apart in 1955. During all this, there was flashbacks to her Uncle David's infamous year as King Edward VIII in 1936 and his abdication to marry Wallis Simpson and their subsequent exile from the United Kingdom.

Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret

The second season dealt with the Suez Crisis of 1956 and Britain and France being left red faced due to the failure of the invasion, the Queen must take it upon herself to restore the reputation of Britain in the eyes of the world and keep hold of Ghana from Russian hands.

Matt Smith as Prince Philip

This season ended with the death of President John F. Kennedy and the fallout from the Profumo scandal that began in 1961. So what does season 3 hold? When will it begin in the chronology of Elizabeth's reign? A year after season two's end? That would make it 1964. 

Britain in 1964 was a much changed place. Politically speaking, Labour were at the top of their game thanks to their Huddersfield born leader Harold Wilson and in late 64, he became Prime Minister. There was, of course, popular culture that had exploded with the likes of James Bond and the Beatles spearheading shifts in the way movies and music were made. Suddenly, Britain's reputation was not only restored in the eyes of the world, it was celebrated.

Olivia Colman will portray the Queen in Series 3.

We'll more than likely see the break down of Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret's marriage (they divorced in 1978), the investiture of Charles as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle in 1969. But where will season 3 of the Crown end? In 1973? Perhaps when Camilla Parker-Bowles enters the young Charles' life? We already know Olivia Colman of 'Broadchurch' and 'The Night Manager' fame is going to be taking over the role of Elizabeth. Who will play Philip though? Matt Smith and Claire Foy were only contracted for two series.

We may have to wait a while for it. Sources say it'll be 2019 before it airs. Have you all been enjoying the Crown? Let us know in the comments below!

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