'The Crown' season 4: first look at Emma Corrin's Princess Diana and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher

The fourth season of the series based on the British royal family is set to start on Netflix in November

Fans of Netflix's The Crown have been given their first glimpse at season four, which is set to arrive on the streaming platform in November.

Newly released images offer a first look at newcomer Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, as well as Gillian Anderson's debut as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Corrin “immediately captivated” casting directors, show creator Peter Morgan revealed in a statement announcing her appointment, while the recently graduated actress said she was “beyond excited and honoured” to win the role.

"I have been glued to the show since the first episode and to think I'm now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal," said Corrin, who to date has only appeared in one televised show, a single episode of Grantchester in 2019.

The season-four images show Corrin’s Diana as she is followed in London by paparazzi, as well as Thatcher outside 10 Downing Street with husband Denis, played by Stephen Boxer.

The pictures also offer fans a glimpse at Olivia Colman as she reprises her role of Queen Elizabeth II, having taken over from Claire Foy in the third season, as well as Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

Season four is set during the late 1970s, as the Queen looks to safeguard the line of succession by ensuring a 30-year-old Prince Charles, played by Josh O’Connor, marries.

The series will also touch on the Falklands War, and will explore growing tension between Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher.

Season four of The Crown will also star Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles and Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother.

It is set to start on Netflix on Sunday, November 15.

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