The Crown: First look at Olivia Coleman as the Queen

The Crown: First look at Olivia Coleman as the Queen

I think Claire Foy is an absolute genius, she's an incredibly hard act to follow.

Netflix confirmed the Broadchurch star had been cast in the role of Queen Elizabeth, taking the helm from Claire Foy who played the role in seasons 1 and 2.

Since Claire Foy has abdicated the throne, it's time for a new queen to step up in Netflix's lavish period drama The Crown.

Netflix have released the first image of Olivia Colman as the Queen for the forthcoming third series of The Crown. 'The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds'.

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Other new cast members include: Helen Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip and Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The show is also set to cover Prince Charles' marriage to Princess Diana and his subsequent affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles - now the Duchess of Cornwall - and the Margaret Thatcher era.

Foy, 33, who earned a best actress Golden Globe for her portrayal of the Queen last year, has previously said she will "miss the role terribly". Perhaps a sack of moldy potatoes?

But as for what we do know: today, Netflix released the first image of Colman as Her Majesty, and it is pretty much flawless.

Showrunner Peter Morgan decided from the get-go to recast the series every two seasons with The Crown expected to conclude after six runs.

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