The Crown: First look at Olivia Coleman as the Queen

The Crown: First look at Olivia Coleman as the Queen

The Crown: First look at Olivia Coleman as the Queen

Netflix dropped the image of Colman on Monday on its Twitter feed for "The Crown". Rather than apply make-up to the original cast to make them appear older during the passage of time, everyone has been recast, including lead Claire Foy.

But as for what we do know: today, Netflix released the first image of Colman as Her Majesty, and it is pretty much ideal.

There she is, in all her royal highness.

After two hugely successful seasons of playing HRH Queen Elizabeth, Claire Foy now steps away from the role that catapulted her career to new heights. Coleman takes over as the long-reigning monarch for season 3 of Netflix's lavish, very expensive melodrama. As a result, we're already 20 years into Elizabeth's reign. 'You can't ask someone to act middle-aged. "That informs everything we do".

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now on their first official visit to Ireland. A nude make-up palette with a neat bun gave finishing touches to her look.

Elsewhere, Ben Daniels will play Antony Armstrong-Jones, starring alongside Helena Bonham Carter's Princess Margaret, in the next season of the royal drama, which will launch in 2019. The series is set to cover the period of 1964-1970s in its third outing. Characters such as Camilla Parker Bowles will also start to emerge in the next season.

The image doesn't give away a lot, save for giving Crown fans our first peek at Coleman in Queen Elizabeth's iconic hairstyle and pearls as she enjoys a nice cuppa. "I'm basically going to re-watch every episode and copy her".

Season 3 is now in production, but does not yet have a confirmed release date.

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