The much-anticipated season four of Netflix’s hit series The Crown is set to premiere on November 15, the streaming giant announced. A teaser that accompanied the announcement gave audiences a peek into the events that will unfold in the new season, by introducing two new characters- Princess Diana of Wales and Margaret Thatcher, UK’s first woman Prime Minister.

A news release, as quoted in CNN, summarises what the pace of the new season of The Crown is going to be like. It reads, “As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), tensions arise between her and the Queen.”

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The Crown Season 3: What you should know

The show, whose season 3 saw Academy-awardee Colman in the lead, follows the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II, from her marriage in 1947 to her coronation, up until her Silver Jubilee that marked the 25th year of her crowning. Notable events during the years of her reign have been touched upon in the show so far, etching out the dimensions of the people who played important roles in the Queen’s life, and the fate of Britain in the latter half of the 20th century.

The Crown’s last season had opened to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. The stellar cast, that features seasoned English artists like Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies, garnered the loudest applause for their impeccable performances. The season has a 90 percent rating on review website Rotten Tomatoes, that notes how alongside Elizabeth’s character, there is “ample opportunity for the appealing ensemble to gleam.”

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Peter Morgan’s historical drama, The Crown premiered in 2016, has had a fabulous run with 30 episodes, ten to each season, and has been the recipient of 39 Emmy nominations through its three seasons for screenplay, cinematography, production, and of course, acting. Claire Foy, who played the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons, later replaced by Colman to justify the time-age jump, exclusively amassed widespread appeal and accolades for her role, including a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy.

Why Fans Should Be Excited For Season 4

The 33-second teaser for The Crown Season 4 opens with Colman’s voice that waveringly asserts, “Something as important as the monarchy simply cannot be allowed to fail.” Recurring shots of Princess Diana continue to abound in the remaining seconds. Fans can expect to get an insight into the late princess’s infamously turbulent life as a member of the British Royal Family, complete with her anxieties and hesitations. The concluding wide-angle back shot of Diana on her wedding day in a sweeping white gown honestly gave me the chills. I was compelled to pause.

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Post-1950, UK was standing on the precipice of mounts of change in its political weather. It had freshly emerged as one of the Big Four after the Second World War, bearing also the after-effects of de-colonising the Indian subcontinent. The latter half of this century in Britain then rested on the shoulders of its government – in this scenario, the first-ever female Prime Minister in the form of Thatcher. Known for her unrelenting, controversial style of politics and economic rule, Thatcher ruffled several things up in Britain, something the audience should look forward to in season four.

Watch the teaser for Season 4 of The Crown here:

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