The British Royal Family have always traveled well, so to speak. Holding a unique place on the international stage it appears that the rest of the world can’t get enough of the orbs and sceptres and outrageous fortunes of our Kings and Queens. It is no surprise then that Netflix’s lavish series about the life of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip captivated its wide audience in the first season of The Crown.

The second season of the show will pick up the story ten years into Elizabeth II’s reign and focus on the pressure of the job, particularly on Prince Phillip. It has been known for some time that lead actors Claire Foy and Matt Smith would be stepping down at the end of the second season. The rumour mill has been working constantly to identify the replacement monarchs and today Claire Foy herself revealed that the decision has already been made.

At the press conference for Breathe, which opens the 2017 BFI London Film Festival this evening, Foy was coy when asked about her replacement in season 3. She told the assembled Press that the role of an older Queen Elizabeth had already been cast but that she, quite obviously, wasn’t telling.

Here’s the video:

The role is a coveted one, with the first series doing exceptionally well on Netflix here and abroad. Both she and her co-star Matt Smith will be stepping down from their roles after the second season meaning we’ll be getting an all new Royal Family as the show moves onwards in time.

Joining the cast for the new season are Matthew Goode as Lord Snowdon, Dexter’s Michael C Hall, who is playing John F Kennedy along with Jodi Balfour who will portray Jackie Onassis.

Season 2 Of The Crown will arrive on Netflix on the 8th Of December.

  • Mary Davis

    Shame that Claire and Matt will be stepping down but interested to see who will replace them!

  • Lisa Parker

    Hopefully the change of cast will not affect the quality of this great show.