The Crown is preparing for the end, and the trailer for the final six episodes brings to life what creator Peter Morgan has told audiences to expect from the hit Netflix drama: A love letter to the Queen.
The final six episodes will draw to a close the genre-defining prestige royal saga that has been on screens since 2016, says the logline, and the footage centers around Queen Elizabeth, played by Imelda Staunton, as she battles sentimentality that the royal family is out of touch with the country, while reflecting on her reign as the longest-serving monarch in history and the life she put aside to become Queen.
In a poignant moment that speaks to the late Queen, The Crown‘s monarch says, “I will always be by your side.”
The series paused filming on the final season when Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept. 8, 2022 at the age of 96.
The trailer opens up with William feigning smiles for a royal family portrait and pushing back against father then-Prince Charles (Dominic West) in the wake of his mother Princess Diana’s (Elizabeth Debicki) untimely death, which was the focus of the first four episodes that are now streaming.
The final season of The Crown was split into a two-part release, with the first batch of episodes covering Princess Diana (Debicki) and Dodi Fayed’s (Khalid Abdalla) fatal 1997 car crash and part two — which releases on Dec. 14 — set to span the years 1997 through 2005.
Part two ushers in a grown-up Prince William and Prince Harry (played by Rufus Kampa and Fflyn Edwards, respectively) and will introduce Meg Bellamy as the highly anticipated Kate Middleton. One of the first look photos recently released was of Kate’s famous see-through dress, the moment she first caught William’s eye in 2002.
The logline reads: “Prince William (McVey) tries to integrate back into life at Eton in the wake of his mother’s death as the monarchy has to ride the wave of public opinion. As she reaches her Golden Jubilee, the Queen (Imelda Staunton) reflects on the future of the monarchy with the marriage of Charles (Dominic West) and Camilla (Olivia Williams) and the beginnings of a new Royal fairy tale in William and Kate (Bellamy).”