"The Crown" Season 5 Finally Has A Trailer, And Here's Our First Look At The New Cast In Action

    The Crown Season 5 will take the royal family into the '90s and will notably feature the beginning of the end of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage.

    It has been nearly two years since Netflix released a new season of The Crown, but now we are closer than ever to new episodes, a new cast, and so much more.

    A promo poster for the show featuring Queen Elizabeth in the background as Princess Diana and Prince Charles stand in the foreground

    The Crown Season 5 will pick up in the '90s, during a decade described as the royal family's "biggest challenge to date," with political and personal events that will greatly shape Queen Elizabeth's reign.

    The queen standing at the head of an empty long table with the caption "The royal family is in genuine crisis"

    During this new season, the 40th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession approaches, and it allows her to reflect on the nine prime ministers she had so far, the advent of mass television — aka the 24-hour news cycle — and what is described as "the twilight of the British Empire."

    A stack of newspapers with one with the headline "Princess 'will not go quietly'"

    During this period, Queen Elizabeth endures the collapse of the Soviet Union, the transfer of sovereignty in Hong Kong that "signals a seismic shift in the international order," and other political changes, all while everything is changing in the UK as well.

    The queen sitting at a table looking very serious and standing in a partially destroyed building

    On the personal front, The Crown Season 5 will explore Prince Charles and Princess Diana's fraught relationship as Charles pressures Queen Elizabeth to allow him to divorce Diana.

    The queen standing in a room with Charles and Diana, and a close-up of Diana

    As rumors circulate about the status of Charles and Diana's relationship, media scrutiny intensifies for Diana specifically, which is when she decides to break from family protocol and publish a book that undermines public support of Charles and exposes the cracks in the House of Windsor.

    Diana being interviewed, and the caption "I won't go quietly; I'll battle till the end"

    And, as if this weren't enough already, The Crown Season 5 will introduce Mohamed al-Fayed and his son Dodi Fayed, who are looking to gain "a seat at the royal table," according to Netflix's official description.

    Mohamed and Dodi at a gathering

    Of course, anyone who knows anything about the royal family history knows we are approaching Diana's tragic death alongside Dodi in 1997.

    Close-up of Diana

    The trailer gives us a first look at the new cast in action, with Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles, and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana.

    Diana, Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles kissing under fireworks, and Philip at a party

    Of course, Imelda Staunton's portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II marks the third casting change for this role in the show's history. The role was previously played by Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, both of whom won Emmy Awards for their work.

    The three actors as the queen

    As mentioned above, this period of royal family history was subject to a ton of press, from TV news to tabloids and more, so it's wild to watch some of the most famous photos and moments re-created in this trailer alone.

    Diana standing alone at an event and Charles smiling

    Like, look at this side-by-side of Elizabeth Debicki vs. Princess Diana in the iconic black "revenge dress" from 1994.

    Anyway, I am so excited to watch The Crown Season 5, and I just know these actors are going to bring this period of the royal family's history to life perfectly.

    Charles, Diana, Harry, and William in a boat

    You can watch the full The Crown Season 5 trailer below:

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    The Crown Season 5 starts streaming on Netflix on Nov. 9.