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Second to last season of ‘The Crown’ premieres Nov. 9

Imelda Staunton portrays Queen Elizabeth II in the final two seasons of "The Crown."Alex Bailey/Netflix via AP

“The Crown” finally has a return date, after an almost two-year absence. The fifth season of the show will premiere on Nov. 9 on Netflix, with Imelda Staunton now playing Queen Elizabeth II, who died at 96 this month. Jonathan Pryce will step in as Prince Phillip.

The new episodes will be set in the 1990s, during the tenure of John Major (Jonny Lee Miller) as the prime minister. They will focus on the collapsing marriage between Prince Charles (Dominic West) and Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki), who were separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996, a year before she died in a car crash. Olivia Williams will play Camilla Parker Bowles.


The fifth season will include the divorces of Prince Andrew (James Murray) and Princess Anne (Claudia Harrison).

The actors who played Charles and Diana in season 4, Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin, won Emmys for their performances. The show has also won Emmys for best drama and for both actors who previously played the queen, Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.

There will be a sixth and final season of “The Crown” with Staunton and Pryce. It is currently filming, after a respectful pause when the queen died.

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