The Crown continues to deliver as one of the highest quality productions on Netflix, and filming is now ramping up on the fifth season of the show. This will cover major events, including the separation of Charles and Diana. If you want to know more, we've rounded up all the information available so far. 

Fans of the series will be pleased to here that the creator of the show - Peter Morgan - has decided to end the show after six seasons as opposed to five to cover everything in greater detail. 

When does season 5 of The Crown release?

The Crown season 5 will release in November 2022. The news was revealed at Netflix's TUDUM event by Imelda Staunton, the next actress to play Queen Elizabeth II.

We assume that all the episodes will drop at once, but we will update this article with confirmation once we know more. 

How many episodes will there be?

Ten, almost certainly. The original plan was to film 60 episodes across six series, and there were ten in each of the first four series.

Has a trailer been released yet?

No trailers for season 5 have yet released. However, we do have a couple of stills of Charles and Diana from the upcoming season which you can see below. The title image of this article also features Imelda Staunton as the Queen. 

Cast news: who plays who in The Crown season 5?

The next season of The Crown will see another cast switchover. Whilst not all of the actors and actresses have been confirmed, some key casting announcements have been made:

  • Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II
  • Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret
  • Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip
  • Dominic West as Prince Charles
  • Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana
  • Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles
  • Jonny Lee Miller as former prime minister John Major
  • Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed

Which years will be covered by The Crown season 5?

The Crown season 4 finished around the year 1990. Therefore, season 5 will pick up here and will likely takes us up to the millennium. 

After that, we suspect that the final season will cover the early 2000s. As far as we know, the show isn't meant to take us all the way to present day. If news on this changes, we'll update this article. 

What will happen in The Crown season 5?

The Crown is historical (albeit with more than a touch of artistic licence at times) so we should be able to predict roughly which events will be covered in the forth series. 

Assuming that we're looking at a period from 1990 to the early 2000s, the following events could be covered:

  • The separation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana 
  • The Panorama interview of Princess Diana 
  • Diana's relationship with Dodi Fayed
  • The death of Princess Diana 
  • Princess Anne and Mark Phillips’ split
  • Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson' split
  • The death of the Queen Mother
  • The death of Princess Margaret
  • The Queen's Golden Jubilee

Will there be a season 6 of The Crown?

Yes - season 6 of The Crown is currently scheduled to be the last one of the show.

If this picks up immediately after season 5, it's unlikely to cover characters such as Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, as they weren't around during the time period that this season is set in. 

What we do know is that the cast of season 5 will be reprising their roles for the final season.