‘The Crown’ return date confirmed – and there’s not too long to wait!

Netflix has officially announced when the new season of The Crown will premiere.

The award-winning period drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is back later this year with ten new episodes.

Season 4 will see Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) and Tobias Menzies (Outlander) return as the Queen and Prince Philip, having taken over from Claire Foy and Matt Smith in last year’s third season.

Joining the cast this season are The X-Files star Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher and Grantchester actress Emma Corrin as a young Princess Diana.

All ten episodes of the fourth season will be available to watch exclusively on Netflix worldwide from Sunday 15th November.

This official synopsis also reveals some new hints about to expect: “As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30.”

“As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth.

“While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided.”

The Crown has been nominated for several awards at the Emmys, which takes place later this month.

Netflix has also started revealing who’ll be starring in the show’s fifth and sixth seasons.

Harry Potter actress Imelda Staunton will lead the final years of The Crown as Queen Elizabeth II.

She’ll be joined by Lesley Manville as Princess MargaretJonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana.

Season 5 is expected to begin filming in late 2021.

The Crown is available to buy on DVD on Amazon.