From Warring Windsors to Scheming Politicos, BAZ BAMIGBOYE introduces the new cast of The Crown… So can you guess the Crown DUALS?
Its devoted fans have been counting down the days till its return. Now their wait is nearly over.
The third series of The Crown starts on Netflix on November 17 and the Mail’s BAZ BAMIGBOYE has seen all ten episodes exclusively.
Starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as Prince Philip in the first two series, it has already won a host of awards including Golden Globes, Emmys and Baftas.
The new series sees Elizabeth and Philip move into middle-age with new faces taking on their roles.
The Crown has been lauded for its casting of actors with uncanny resemblances to the royal and political characters they portray.
Here, Baz gives you a look at the line-up for the third season with a quiz, helped by his first-watch clues, to see if you can guess who the actors are playing.
THE WARRING WINDSORS
Matriarch: In the show, this lady’s memorable one-liners include: ‘Everything improves with a drink’
Yanks a lot! Not one of the Queen Mum’s favourites, here’s an American who ruffles the Windsors
Life in exile: The duke imparts his words of wisdom to Prince Charles — can you hazard a guess who he is?
AFFAIRS OF THE HEART
Stealing the show: As season three’s savviest royal, she enjoys romps with Andrew Parker Bowles
Pally with a Prince: This is the woman who lends her support to polo-playing Charles after she and her regular beau have a massive bust-up
Cheer up, Chuck! A royal who comes into clear view in series three, clashing with ‘Mummy’, whom he calls ‘vile’ — but Camilla soon warms him up
Bowled over: A chap who has a fling with Anne, but explains his last affair as: ‘Hidden currents. They pull you under.’ Who could he mean?
THE GAME OF THRONES
Top of the bill: The central characters in The Crown reach middle-age. The episode surrounding the 1966 Aberfan disaster is one of the season’s humdingers
A SISTER AND HER LOVERS
Growing pains: The landscape gardener who charms Margaret in his trunks. Mustique is their undoing . . .
Flash photographer: Dashing in his motorbike leathers, the Earl is determined not to play by the royals’ rules
Firm trouble: This lady’s difficult relationship with her big sister is a highlight of the series
THE SCHEMING POLITICOS
Spy say! The Queen’s art adviser. He’s also a Soviet spy who warns Prince Philip he knows a secret or two about him. The Queen turns the tables on him with an artful speech about art and deception
Leading man: A gruff Yorkshireman (14) gets off to a sticky start with HM — especially after gossip gets around that he’s a Russian mole — but his plain speaking brings her round. The Queen also gives short shrift to another piano-playing politician (15), while a strong-minded Labour lass (16) calls Earl Mountbatten a ‘pompous bloody ass’
Lost the plot: He gets a right ‘telling orf’ from the Queen when he becomes involved in an attempted coup against Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Right-hand woman: In one episode Wilson’s ‘fixer’ screams at him: ‘If you’re ever to be a real leader, a real man… you’re going to have to grow some b***s’
SO HOW MANY DID YOU SPOT?
Queen Mother (played by Marion Bailey)
Duchess of Windsor (Geraldine Chaplin)
Duke of Windsor (Derek Jacobi)
Princess Anne (Erin Doherty)
Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell)
Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor)
Andrew Parker Bowles (Andrew Buchan)
Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies)
The Queen (Olivia Colman)
Roddy Llewellyn (Harry Treadaway)
Lord Snowdon (Ben Daniels)
Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter)
Anthony Blunt (Samuel West)
Harold Wilson (Jason Watkins)
Edward Heath (Michael (Maloney)
Barbara Castle (Lorraine Ashbourne)
Lord Mountbatten (Charles Dance)
Marcia Falkender (Sinead Matthews)
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