Bend. Or Break.
The final trailer for season four of the Emmy-winning Netflix series The Crown has arrived.
At the end of the 1970s, the Royal Family is preoccupied with safeguarding the line of
succession by finding an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) who is still unmarried at 30. When Lord Mountbatten is assassinated by the IRA the family is rocked to its core and Charles loses his mentor. In the wake of that grief, a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) enters the frame and the die is cast. Their wedding in 1981 is an occasion which unites the entire country in celebrating this seeming fairytale romance.
Set between 1979 and 1990, season 4 will take us to incredible places including South Georgia, where the invasion of the Falkland Islands sets Britain on a war footing, and across the world to Australia, where the Waleses embark on a politically sensitive tour after republican Prime Minister Bob Hawke has been elected. We will also be revisiting Balmoral Castle, where both Thatcher and Diana will be subjected to the infamous ‘Balmoral Tests,’ and the beaches of Mustique, where Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) retreats during a difficult period in her life.
As the season progresses and relations between the Waleses become strained, so too do relations between the Queen and her Prime Minister, Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Emmy winner Gillian Anderson). Though on paper the two women seem to be cut from the same cloth, they often disagree about the appropriate governance of the country and the Queen’s constitutional obligation to remain silent is put to the test. By the end of the season the Prime Minister is ousted by her own cabinet after eleven and a half turbulent years in power, and the Queen (Olivia Colman) finds herself head of an increasingly disunited family.
The Crown Season 4 premieres globally on Sunday, November 15.