If, like us, you've been eagerly awaiting the next installment of Netflix's lavish royal drama The Crown for months, you'll be pleased to learn that the streaming site has a trailer for Season 2 (which officially hits Netflix on Friday, Dec. 8) available, which promises political wrangling and romantic angst against a tumultuous international backdrop.

Picking up Queen Elizabeth's story 10 years into her reign, the second season takes us into the latter half of the 60s. As previously hinted by showrunner Peter Morgan, a greater focus will fall upon Matt Smith's Prince Philip, and future episodes set to take the tension points in his marriage (as explored in the show's debut season) to the breaking point. Watch the trailer below!

The Crown's second season will begin in 1957 and finish at around 1964. During a previous interview, show creator Morgan opened up about why Queen Elizabeth's husband, 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.

Season 1 wasn't exactly kind to Princess Margaret (played by Vanessa Kirby), who was forced to give up her romance with the recently divorced Captain Peter Townsend in the interests of royal protocol. Season 2, however, brings her a new love interest in the form of society photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, better known as Lord Snowden. We can't wait to watch the second season starting at midnight tonight!

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Season 2 will again feature Claire Foy (as Queen Elizabeth), 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).

Part of this post was written by Katie Rosseinsky and originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia.

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