Olivia Colman’s turn as Her Majesty in season three of The Crown is one of the most highly anticipated roles of 2019 for fans of the Royal Family. For those eager for another sneak peek of the actress in the monarch’s shoes, the cast was again photographed on set, with the new crop of actors and actresses continuing to get comfortable as their regal characters. While filming a particularly tragic scene in Wales, Olivia bears an uncanny resemblance to the Queen!
The series promises to delve into some of the trials and tragedies in the lives of the Royal Family, one such incident being the tragic Aberfan Disaster, which saw a landslide take the lives of 116 children and 28 adults after it engulfed a farm, houses and a school in 1966. Olivia, who took over for Claire Foy as Her Majesty, showed off her trademark skill in the same red fur-trimmed coat and matching hat that the Queen wore at the time. After filming, she took a load off and traded in her heels for boots, carrying some props – like the monarch’s classic black handbag – in a plastic bag to protect it. A somber image of Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip in a car was captured, too, giving fans a closer look at Her Majesty’s newly cast husband.
While costume certainly has a lot to do with their resemblance, there’s no denying the fact that Olivia, 44, and her co-star Helena Bonham Carter(who plays Princess Margaret) are experts in their trade, making it all the more believable. Just last month, a photo of the two in character on set led fans to believe that they were filming Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral. The pair wore black outfits very similar to that of the real event – and given the fact that his funeral was in 1965, the date would line up with the timeline of seasons three and four, which take place between 1964 and 1976. The scene depicts a history-making moment in the Queen’s life, when she granted Winston’s family the honour of arriving after her to the respected politician’s funeral.
The series is shooting seasons three and four back-to-back, according to showrunner Peter Morgan, who revealed the news at a BAFTA Masterclass. Filming began this summer, so new episodes should premiere in 2019, though fans are still on the edge of their seats for a release date!