Royal drama continues to unfold on-screen

Queen Elizabeth is portrayed by Claire Foy in the series.

The second season of The Crown, a Netflix original series, will be available around the world on Friday, December 8.

The first season of the royal drama was released on Netflix in November 2016 to universal acclaim, more than making up for its status as the most expensive drama produced by the streaming service so far.   

“Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s,” a Netflix press release reads.

Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jodi Balfour and Matthew Goode (The Good Wife) will join the cast as John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, and Tony Armstrong-Jones respectively.

Based on The Audience, an award-winning play, The Crown has picked up no shortage of accolades, including a Golden Globe for Best Television Series.

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Despite taking out several awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth, Claire Foy will step down from the role at the end of the second season when she and Matt Smith (who plays Prince Philip) will be replaced by older actors due to a significant time jump.

Promotional images for the second season show Queen Elizabeth (played by Claire Foy), pregnant, relaxing with Prince Philip (Matt Smith).

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth share an intimate moment in the second season of The Crown.

They are also pictured exiting a plane, with Foy’s hand extended in the trademark royal wave.

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Elizabeth and Philip return from their world tour in the second season of The Crown.

Vanessa Kirby will return as Princess Margaret, Elizabeth’s stylish but troublesome younger sister.

Princess Margaret will be back and more glamorous than ever in the second season of The Crown.

A fourth photo shows a moody atmosphere, with the Queen and Prince Philip seemingly in the middle of a heated discussion.

Tension between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip grow in the second season of The Crown.

You can view the teaser trailer for the second season below:

Are you excited for the second season of The Crown?