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If you’re a loyal fan of the Royal series The Crown, this update is for you. Originally, the Netflix series, which documents Queen Elizabeth II and her family from 1947 to the late 1990s, was planned for five seasons.

But, it turns out, there’s more to cover and creator Peter Morgan needs more time and space to tell the story.

In an interview with Empire, he said, “As we started to discuss the storylines for season five, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons.”

But, for anyone hoping the series might go longer, up until now, Morgan has squashed that by going on to say, “To be clear, season six will not bring us any closer to present-day, it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”

It would be sort of odd to document a current monarch and follow her footsteps. We’d be getting into somewhat of reality series territory.

If The Crown is new to you, the first season kicked off with Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) portraying Queen Elizabeth II just as she was about to marry Prince Philip, played by Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith. In the first and second seasons we see the young couple manage both family and running a nation.

And, in a very inventive way, the second and third seasons were re-cast with older actors to carry on the story, rather than relying on makeup or CGI. We saw Broadchurch star Olivia Colman step in for Foy, with Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones) taking over for Smith. Colman and Menzies star in seasons three and four.

Vanessa Kirby took on the role of Princess Margaret in seasons one and two, with Helena Bonham Carter stepping in for the follow-up seasons.

And, yep, as you guessed it, we will be getting new actors for seasons five and six.

We’ve yet to head into season five, but can look for Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter) as Her Majesty and Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) as her sister, Princess Margaret.

Who will play Prince Philip has yet to be announced.

Who would you cast to play Prince Philip for the final two seasons? 

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By Brigid Brown