‘The Crown’ Season 6 preview: Netflix confirms release dates for final episodes

Netflix has officially announced when The Crown is back!

Seven years after the award-winning series first launched, the fictional dramatisation of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign is coming to an end this winter with its sixth season.

Imelda Staunton (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter) will be reprising her role as the Queen, following her debut in last year’s Season 5.

She’ll once again star alongside by Jonathan Pryce (Wolf Hall) as Prince Philip and Lesley Manville (World on Fire) as Princess Margaret.

Joining the cast in Season 6 are newcomers Ed McVey and Meg Bellamy as Prince William and Kate Middleton, with Luther Ford playing the teenage Prince Harry.

The returning ensemble also includes Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager) as Princess Diana, Dominic West (SAS Rogue Heroes) as Prince Charles, Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense) as Camilla, Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster) ) as Prime Minister Tony Blair, Claudia Harrison (Humans) as Princess Anne, Salim Daw as Mohamed al-Fayed, and Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed.

It’s now been revealed that the final season of The Crown will be split into two parts.

When’s the release date?

The opening set of episodes will premiere on Thursday 16 November exclusively on Netflix.

These four instalments will continue the show’s focus on Princess Diana.

Season 6 Part 1 will see the Windsors face a reckoning as Diana, no longer a member of the royal family, continues to captivate the public in the weeks leading to her tragic death in 1997.

The Crown will conclude its century-spanning story the following month when it drops the show’s six last ever episodes on Thursday 14 December.

The second part of Season 6 finds Queen Elizabeth II reflecting on her reign and looking ahead to a time when her successors will take the throne.

We expect events to include royal wedding bells for Prince Charles and Camilla, plus the budding university romance between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The season is rumoured to complete its story in around 2005.

To celebrate the date announcement, a 45-second preview has been released, featuring the voices of previous stars Claire Foy and Olivia Colman talking about how “the crown is a symbol of permanence – it’s something you are, not what you do” and the sacrifices that have been made.

The brief teaser ends with Imelda Staunton as the Queen, looking back on “the life I put aside; the woman I put aside.”

Take a look here:

Fans on YouTube are already excited about the return of “without a doubt the best drama Netflix has ever (or will ever) produced.”

“I’m not a Royalist by any stretch, but The Crown has been addictive, captivating viewing,” reads one comment.

“The cast has been absolutely amazing. Solid acting throughout. This final season is giving me goosebumps already because it’s the years I remember most, as I’m sure many people do for one tragic horrific reason. I’m going to need a bigger box of tissues,” they added.

“I can’t believe The Crown is coming to an end,” wrote another viewer. “This series has been an absolute masterpiece from start to finish. It’s not just a show, it’s a journey through history that has given me nostalgia and sent shivers down my spine with every episode.”

The fifth season of The Crown is available on DVD on Amazon.