Ever since Netflix first announced it would be replacing the cast of The Crown to age up the characters, fans have been dying to see what the new Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of her royal court would look like. On Monday, they finally got their answer.
At 3 a.m. Eastern Time, Netflix tweeted the first picture of Olivia Colman in character as the queen, previously played by Claire Foy. In the photo, Colman, clad in pearls and a pale pink suit, sits at a table laden with toast, jam, and important-looking envelopes while she brandishes a teacup and stares off into the distance with a determined look in her eye, her left hand curled in a fist. Which is how we imagine that actual Queen likely starts each and every one of her mornings.
Netflix made sure to include a cheeky note for fans who were no doubt left wanting more. In lieu of any more details about season 3, the streaming service simply tweeted, “Patience.”
Previously, Colman gave fans a glimpse at her approach for portraying Queen Elizabeth II. “I think Claire Foy is an absolute genius,” she said when Netflix first confirmed her casting. “She’s an incredibly hard act to follow. I’m basically going to rewatch every episode and copy her!” As far as one promotional still goes, it looks like she’s staying true to her word.
Netflix has yet to release in-character photos of the other new cast members. In April, they announced that Tobias Menzies would be replacing Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter would be replacing Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret. At the time, Carter shared similar sentiments about taking over from her predecessor. “I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about — doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shows of Vanessa Kirby,” she said. “The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter than Vanessa.”
Of course, there is still no answer to the most pressing of The Crown mysteries. Namely, who will nab the star making role of young Princess Diana and how much, exactly, can we expect to see of her in the upcoming season?
The Royals at Wimbledon: A Visual History From Princess Diana to Meghan Markle
The Duke of York, later George VI (1895 – 1952), playing in a doubles match at Wimbledon with his partner Wing Commander Louis Greig in 1926. The Duke was an ace tennis player. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
A picture that makes sports history, snapped at Wimbledon, as Queen Elizabeth of England awarded the Wimbledon trophy to Alethea Gibson (center, back to camera), the U.S. star and first black women to ever take the title on July 7th, 1957. Althea beat Darlene in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-2. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Anne in the royal box at Wimbledon watching the men’s singles final between John Newcombe and Wilhelm Bungert on July 7th, 1967. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth II awards Virginia Wade the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles trophy on July 1st, 1977. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth II presents the men’s singles trophy to champion Rod Laver on September 10th, 1962. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Diana (center), and her sister, Sarah, at Wimbledon to watch tennis on July 3rd, 19881. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Top Image: Prince Charles watching a match between Dennis Ralston and John Newcombe during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on June 26th 1970. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images.
Bottom Image: 42 years later, Prince Charles acknowledges the Center Court crowd before the second round men’s singles match between Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Italy’s Fabio Fognini on day three of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament on June 27, 2012. Photograph Courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Diana and Prince William watching the women’s final at Wimbledon on July 6th, 1991. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Diana with Prince William in the royal Box Centre court for the ladies singles final on July 2nd, 1994. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Diana chats with the Prince of Kent after Pete Sampras wins the Men’s Final against Boris Becker of Germany at Wimbledon on July 9th, 1995. Photo courtesy of Getty images.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Kent (L) ahead of the second round match between Andy Murray of Great Britain against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on Day Four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2010 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Getty images.
Charles Delevingne and Princess Beatrice attend the semifinal round match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Day Eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2011 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Before she was royal, Meghan Markle attended day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on June 28, 2016 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Cate and Prince William take part in the “wave” as they watch Rafael Nadal challenge Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro in a Men’s Singles match at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the all England tennis club in south-west London, on June 27th, 2011. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Cate and Prince William applaud Roger Federer on his victory at Wimbledon on July 16, 2017 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England, making headlines with her wardrobe choice. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
The Duchess of Cornwall in the royal box of centre court on day 9 of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon on July 10, 2019. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Baroness Sue Campbell in the royal box of centre court on day 8 of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon on July 9, 2019. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Pippa Matthews and James Middleton in the royal box of centre court on day 7 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
The Duchess of Cambridge in the royal box on day 12 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon on July 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.