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The Crown trailer: Queen Elizabeth's marriage is tested

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A new trailer for Netflix’s The Crown promises Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) will learn a hard lesson in the first 10 years of her reign.

Debuting in November, The Crown is a new period drama about the life of the queen. Each season will track about a decade of her rule starting in the late 1940s. The monarchy will not be easy on her marriage to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg (Matt Smith), and there will be times when she’ll have to choose between the two.

“I have seen three great monarchies brought down through their failure to separate personal indulgences from duty. You must not allow yourself to make similar mistakes,” someone warns Elizabeth in the elegant trailer. “The crown must win — must always win.”

Philip will also struggle to understand his wife’s new role and how he fits into it. “Are you my wife or my queen?” he asks Elizabeth.

“I am both, and a strong man would be able to kneel to both,” responds Elizabeth, demanding that he kneel before her.

Check out the trailer above and see more images from the new show below. 


The Crown — which also stars John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamtilon as Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI — premieres Nov. 4 on Netflix.