Last week, it was announced that the sixth series of the hit show would be split into two, with the first four episodes streaming from Thursday 16 November, followed by six more on Thursday 14 December.
Ahead of the new season, Netflix has revealed the first four episodes will centre on the blossoming relationship between Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed “before a fateful car journey has devastating consequences”.
Accompanying this announcement are brand new photos of the cast in character, including Elizabeth Debicki as Diana with on-screen sons Rufus Kampa and Fflyn Edwards as Princes William and Harry, respectively.
Elizabeth said of the final season: “I think it’s a really unique challenge as an actor, to portray those days. I really just trusted in Peter’s emotional blueprint that he created for us to follow.
“It’s his interpretation and I think it made emotional sense to me, so I clung to that. Because, obviously, it’s devastating and it’s fraught and we can never know.”
Another new snap also shows Dominic West in character as King Charles (then Prince Charles) with his on-screen sons.
Over the summer, The Crown bosses responded to speculation about how Diana’s untimely death will be portrayed in the drama, with executive producer Suzanne Mackie insisting: “The show might be big and noisy, but we’re not. We’re thoughtful people and we’re sensitive people.
“There were very careful, long conversations about how we were going to do it.”
Subsequent press reports that the final season will include a depiction of Princess Diana’s ghost were also met with a mixed reception from fans.
Check out more photos from part one of The Crown’s sixth season below: