Princess Diana Looks Lonely, While Charles & Camilla Cosy Up In 'The Crown' Season 5
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Netflix has unveiled a set of new images from the upcoming fifth season of its hit series The Crown featuring a brand new cast.
The stills show a lonely-looking Princess Diana (played by Elizabeth Debicki, taking over from Emma Corrin in the previous season) clad in a sparkly gown as she heads into a glamorous evening engagement, her shoulders hunched and head bowed.
In a separate image, Prince Charles (played by Dominic West, who replaces Josh O'Connor from seasons 3 and 4) and his mistress Camilla Parker Bowles (played by Olivia Williams, who steps into Emerald Fennells shoes) are beaming while huddling together outdoors as they appear to watch a fireworks display.
In another, happier, snap, however, Diana and Charles are pictured together on a speedboat vacationing with their young sons Prince William (Timothee Sambor) and Prince Harry (Teddy Hawley).
There is also a shot of Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II herself, apparently in Scotland, alongside her husband Prince Philip (Jonathan Pryce), with both wearing signature red tartan. Staunton takes over the role of monarch and matriarch from Olivia Colman, who played Her Majesty in the third and fourth season of the show, while Pryce replaces Tobias Menzies.
In the series first two seasons, Claire Foy played a young Queen in the first two decades of her reign while Matt Smith played Prince Philip.
One of the conceits of The Crown is that the cast is replaced every two seasons to mark the passing of time. Each season covers approximately one decade of the royal family's life.