FIRST LOOK: The Crown release images of Imelda Staunton as the Queen

FIRST LOOK: The Crown release new images of Imelda Staunton as the Queen and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana – as show is criticised for being insensitive towards grieving King Charles

  • New images have been released which show characters playing the Queen and Princess Diana in the 1990s 
  • Elizabeth Debicki can be seen in a series of glamorous looks playing the late Princess of Wales Imelda Staunton – who will is the third actress in the series to play Queen Elizabeth II – is also pictured 
  • The show was criticised for being insensitive towards grieving King Charles as they are set to show his divorce
  •  The new series will premiere on Netflix on Wednesday, November 9
  •  Read more: The Crown season five will be ‘the most watched yet’

Netflix have released new images from the highly-anticipated series five of The Crown – which is set to take place in the 1990s.

The pictures, which were posted on the show’s official social media pages, showed a glamorous Elizabeth Debicki, playing Princess Diana, and Imelda Staunton, taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth II.

It comes after the hit show was criticised for being insensitive towards a grieving King Charles as they are set to show his crumbling marriage to Diana in ‘painful’ detail. 

New: Netflix have released new images from the highly-anticipated series five of The Crown – Imelda Staunton pictured as Queen Elizabeth II after her death

One picture shows The Queen and Prince Philip, portrayed by Billy Jenkins, wearing red tartan as they proudly stand next to one another in front of her throne. 

Another snap shows Princess Diana, her lover Dodi Fayed and Prince William and Harry – who famously joined the couple for a trip in the South of France aboard a superyacht owned by Dodi’s father Mohamed Al-Fayed in July 1997.

The Princess and Dodi were in a car crash while driving through the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, France in August 1997 – dying later from sustained injuries during the accident.

Playing the part: The pictures, which were posted on the show’s official social media pages, showed a glamorous Elizabeth Debicki, playing Princess Diana

Trip: Another snap shows Princess Diana, her lover Dodi Fayed and Prince William and Harry – who famously joined the couple for a trip in the South of France aboard a superyacht owned by Dodi’s father Mohamed Al-Fayed in July 1997

The breakdown of Charles and Diana’s relationship will be a central part of the new series and portrays the then Prince of Wales as ‘petty, cold and deceitful’.

The fourth series, which streamed in November last year, told the story of the early romance between Charles and Diana.

It was announced last year that Elizabeth Debicki would take over from Emma Corrin and play Diana for the fifth and sixth series, which will cover Diana’s death in 1997.

Highly-anticipated: Series five will take place in the 1990s and, like each previous season, will consist of 10 episodes

A source told The Sun: ‘This couldn’t have come at a more delicate time for the new King and his Queen Consort, particularly as they’re riding high in the minds of the public.

‘There’s a sense that Netflix are muckraking over events that took place 30 to 40 years ago, but are still raw for those involved.

‘The worst element for the royals is that millions of people around the world will view this series and view it less as a drama and more as a documentary.

‘And attention on the Windsors couldn’t be higher as it’s been just a few weeks since Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral and is in the run-up to the King’s coronation.’

Netflix: Fans eagerly anticipating the return of The Crown were given a teaser of the fifth series as a new trailer was dropped

It’s thought the Netflix show is currently shooting scenes portraying the month before the tragic accident, when Diana’s sons famously joined their mother and her beau for a holiday.

The sixth season of the show is its final, with the last two series covering the Royal Family in the 1990s to 2003, which includes Diana’s death.

The Crown resumed production on its sixth and final series last month in Barcelona after filming was paused for a single day following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Coming soon: It was recently revealed that the next instalment will premiere on Netflix on Wednesday, November 9

The Crown: The fourth series, which streamed in November last year, told the story of the early romance between Charles and Diana (Pictured: King Charles III attends the state funeral of the Queen)


Poignant portrayal: The final two series of The Crown will cover the Royal Family’s history throughout the 1990s and into 2003, however it is not yet know which moments will be seen

Diana star Elizabeth was seen filming one of the late royals’ final public appearances, when she visited the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, just four days after work on the series was paused following the monarch’s passing.

No doubt The Crown is adhering to a strict filming schedule to ensure its sixth and final series is released by Netflix on time, having been pushed back by its day-long pause in the wake of The Queen’s passing.

It was revealed that filming for The Crown been suspended for one day as a ‘mark of respect to the late monarch’, who passed away aged 96 on September 8 at Balmoral Castle.


Lady in red: The Australian actress, 32, (L) bore a remarkable resemblance to the late royal

Netflix had reportedly devised a plan, also named Operation London Bridge like the official funeral plan for the Queen, to outline what the production company for The Crown would do in the event of her passing.

One of the show’s creators Stephen Daldry said when the show first premiered in 2016 the cast would likely stop production, saying: ‘It would be a simple tribute and a mark of respect. She’s a global figure and it’s what we should do.’

Peter Morgan, writer of the drama, was quoted after news of the Queen’s death was confirmed as saying: ‘The Crown is a love letter to her and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect. I expect we will stop filming out of respect too.’


Child star: Will Powell takes on the role of Prince Harry in the Netflix series as his first major acting role 


Younger days: Rufus was cast to play the Prince (right in 1997) at a different stage in his life, depicting his teenage years showing how he and the royal family coped with the death of Princess Diana

Fans eagerly anticipating the return of The Crown were given a teaser of the fifth series as a new trailer was dropped.

The short 37-second clip portrayed when the news of the dramatic breakdown of Diana and Charles’ marriage was revealed to the public and the ensuing family drama that all took place under the brightest of spotlights.

It was also revealed that the next instalment will premiere on Netflix on Wednesday, November 9 – where fans will see Imelda Staunton take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the first time.


Iconic role: Khalid will take on the role of Princess Diana’s tragic boyfriend Dodi Fayed in series 5 of The Crown


Congrats: Lesley Manville was confirmed to have joined the cast of The Crown as Princess Margaret back in 2020 

The video starts with an eerie voiceover saying: ‘Buckingham Palace is issuing this statement: It is with regret that the Prince and Princess of Wales are separating’.

A news bulletin is then heard in the background stating: ‘There’s uproar in Britain after Prince Charles bared his soul to the nation but the Princess of Wales upstaged her husband speaking about her marriage, her life and her future.’

A cacophony of reports are then heard being mixed up in the background that culminate with the phrase: ‘This is becoming all-out war’ as the screen shows the pair getting ready to do news interviews.

Diana looks smart in a green jacket and skirt while Charles wore a dark suit as he sat on the chair and fiddled nervously with his hands.

The final black screen then flashes up with: ‘The Crown: November 9.’

Pivotal moments from The Crown so far… 

King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love    

Edward fell in love with Wallis Simpson, a married woman, and planned to marry her after his coronation when her divorce had come through.

However they were denied the opportunity to marry and due to divorce being forbidden for the Royals and decided to move to France together.

Edward later returned to England to face his family for the funeral of George VI following his death and went on to form a close bond with Prince Charles.

Bigger picture: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love

Princess Margaret is also denied her happy ending 

Princess Margaret, who is painted as the Royal rebel throughout the first and second seasons, hoped to step outside tradition and marry divorcee Peter Townsend.

However growing public chatter over the illicit relationship begins to overshadow Elizabeth’s post coronation fame.

Margaret makes her intentions to marry Peter clear to Queen Elizabeth II and she asks her to wait until she is 25 to tie the knot with her love.

However when her 25th birthday does roll around the Queen has to go back on her word due to pressure from the Crown, and tells Margaret that she cannot grant her permission to marry Peter.

Devastated: Princess Margaret is denied her happy ending with Peter Townsend

Winston Churchill’s rise and fall

The first and second seasons depicted the Queen’s relationship with the Prime Minister of the time, Winston Churchill.

Following his successful leadership during the Second World War, Winston rises to power again for a second time during Elizabeth’s reign.

The Crown follows Winston’s journey as he adjusts to answering to a woman in power and his deteriorating health. 

Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth’s new role

The power struggle in the relationship is clear to see as Elizabeth’s role as the Queen takes priority over her marriage, while Prince Philip isn’t used to taking a backseat. 

The Crown also hints at infidelity in their relationship as Elizabeth finds a picture of Russian ballerina Galina Ulanova among his possessions, before sending him off on a five-month tour on the Royal yacht.

The tension comes to a head during the premiere for season two when the Royal couple argue on board the HMY Britannia as they strive to find a resolution to their problems, due to divorce not being an option for a monarch.

Trouble in paradise: Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth’s new role

Elizabeth’s journey to accepting the Crown 

The start of the series shows a more wary and shy Elizabeth, compared to the formidable monarch she has grown into.

One of the key moments in the first series is her journey to accepting the Crown, after having to reconfigure all of the relationships in her life.

The series shows the Queen growing in confidence as she finds herself on a path of self-discovery.

The Queen visits Aberfan 

Aberfan: After reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets

Episode three of the third season focuses on the Aberfan disaster which killed 144 people, including 116 childrne, after a colliery spoil tip collapsed over a school in a Welsh village.

The Queen did not immediately visit the disaster site, citing that she did not want to distract away from the tragedy with her presence.

However after reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets.

 The Royal Family documentary 

Inside the life: In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months

In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months.

The Crown depicts the whole thing as a disaster with the family reportedly banning the programme from ever being aired again.

However in actuality, the documentary was well-received and had sky high viewing figures.

Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

Touching: Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

After receiving backlash for the title ‘Prince of Wales’, despite not being a citizen or speaking the language, Prince Charles was sent to Aberystwyth University to learn the language.

Charles, who was 20 at the time, finished the trip with an elaborate investiture to pledge his allegiance to the Queen in Welsh.

However he asked to tweak the speech to add in his own voice, promising the Welsh residents that they wouldn’t be forgotten by England again.

Princess Margaret wows at the White House

She impressed! After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson

After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The whole night appeared a huge success thanks to Margaret’s quick-wit and charm, with President Johnson seemingly lapping it up.

However across the pond Margaret’s success appeared to worry the Queen as she seemed concerned she was being outshone by her sibling.   

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