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'The Crown' Season 2 Premieres Tonight — Everything You Need to Know About the New Episodes!

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Get excited royal family fans — Season 2 of The Crown is almost here! Season 1 of the Netflix drama about Queen Elizabeth's reign as Britain's monarch was such a success that a second season was almost immediately in the works. And now, we're just hours away from the Season 2 premiere — and we can't wait! Scoll down to see everything you need to know about the new season and watch the Season 2 trailer!

When does Season 2 premiere on Netflix?

The second season of The Crown is set to premiere on Netflix on Friday, Dec. 8 at midnight. Watch the Season 2 trailer below!

What is the Season 2 plot?

The Crown's second season will begin in 1957 and finish at around 1964. During a previous interview, show creator Peter Morgan revealed that Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, will be at the forefront of Season 2. "I find him extraordinarily interesting — his childhood, again, you couldn't make it up. The soul of season two is about his complexity," Morgan said at the Royal Television Society's event The Crown: Deconstructing the Coronation in March. Princess Margaret’s romance and marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones will also reportedly be a key plot point.

Who is starring on Season 2?

Season 2 will again feature Claire Foy (as Queen Elizabeth), Matt Smith (Prince Philip), Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret), Victoria Hamilton (the Queen Mother), and Jeremy Northam (Antony Eden). New cast members include Downton Abbey’s Matthew Goode (as Antony Armstrong-Jones), Dexter's Michael C. Hall (President John F. Kennedy), and Quarry star Jodi Balfour (First Lady Jackie Kennedy).

When is Season 3 premiering?

Filming for The Crown's third season has yet to begin, so it's expected to hit Netflix in late 2018 or early 2019. Stay tuned for more details on Season 3!

Who is playing Queen Elizabeth in Season 3?

It was recently revealed that English actress Olivia Colman will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth in The Crown's upcoming third and fourth seasons. In an interview, current star Claire Foy opened up about leaving the show after Season 2. "I always knew from the get-go that I was only going to be doing two [seasons]. I’m just very grateful that I have had such a wonderful time playing that part and made friends for life," she said. Showrunner Peter Morgan also recently explained the casting change. "I feel that when we reach 1963-64 we’ve gone as far as we can go with Claire Foy without having to do silly things in terms of makeup to make her look older. She can’t help the fact she’s as young as she is," he said.

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