The first trailer for Netflix’s The Crown has landed – and we’re already obsessed

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Kayleigh Dray

Netflix has left us spoilt for choice with all the amazing shows they’ve got coming up – but we are, undoubtedly, most excited about their feminist period drama, The Crown.

The 10-part series will focus on the first days of Elizabeth II’s reign as Queen, taking us on a journey with the young monarch as she grows in confidence.

And to whet everyone's appetite, the streaming service has released a trailer for the much-anticipated show, which will be released in full in November.

As the royal embraces her duty, she soon finds her marriage to Prince Phillip in trouble – particularly as her husband’s pride is affected by Elizabeth’s newfound status.

At one point in the trailer, which you can watch below, viewers see him beg her not to make him kneel before her like any other subject, challenging her: “Are you my wife or my Queen?”

Her response is powerful: “I am both. And a strong man would be able to kneel to both.”

Watch the trailer for Netflix’s The Crown below:

In an era where men were so often seen to be the superior sex, Elizabeth finds her authority questioned at every turn.

And, at one point, she hits back at those who question her abilities.

“I am aware that I am surrounded by people who feel they could do the job better. Strong people with powerful characters.

“But, for better or worse, the crown has landed on my head.”

Claire Foy is perfect as Elizabeth II, while Matt Smith has taken on the role of her husband, Prince Phillip.

Victoria Hamilton will play the Queen Mother, Vanessa Kirby appears as Princess Margaret, and Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary.

John Lithgow, meanwhile, will play Elizabeth’s confidante, Sir Winston Churchill.

Claire Foy plays Elizabeth II

Claire Foy plays Elizabeth II

The show is, to date, the most expensive drama ever produced by Netflix, with a budget of £100 million, and is set to run for six seasons, taking us from Elizabeth’s youth to the present day.

It vows to tell "the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century”.

The Crown is available on Netflix from 4 November.


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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