The Crown season three dropped on Netflix in November 2019 and fans have been binge-watching the new series ever since. The new series came with some major changes including a completely new cast and a time jump. The Crown season three also addressed major events in British history including the Aberfan disaster, the death of Winston Churchill, the 1969 Investiture of Prince Charles and the death of the Duke of Windsor.
Claire Foy and Matt Smith portrayed a young Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the first two seasons of the Crown.
Seasons one and two followed the Queen’s coronation and the relationship between her and her new husband between the years 1947 and 1964.
The third season saw a complete overhaul of the original cast, with new actors coming in to play older versions of the Queen and Philip.
Olivia Colman starred as an older Queen Elizabeth and Tobias Menzies takes on the role of her husband.
The third series of The Crown was set between 1964 and 1977, beginning with Harold Wilson’s (played by Jason Watkins) election and ending with the silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
Colman and Menzies will continue in their roles for the fourth season of The Crown which will be set in the 1970s and 1980s.
The fourth series will address the wedding of Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Diana (Emerald Fennell), alongside Margaret Thatcher’s (Gillian Anderson) tenure as the first female prime minister of the UK.
A total of 2,076 Express readers took part in a poll which asked the question ‘Who was better in The Crown?’
Foy was overwhelming picked as the best Queen according to the results.
Overall, 74 percent of readers voted for Foy compared to just eight percent for Colman.
However, many readers were left torn between the two performances, with 18 percent opting to vote ‘Don’t know’.
The critics mostly praised Colman’s takeover of Foy when the series was released in November 2019 but struggled not to compare her to Foy.
Fans on Twitter also appeared torn over their performances.
One fan wrote: “finally made it to season 3 of the crown…and although I luvluvluv olivia colman… the people are right… its just not the same without claire foy and matt smith…. granted i’m only like 5min in lol… i’ll keep watching.”
A second fan tweeted: “I was a history major in college. (British History)
JUST started watching
This series is absolutely fabulous!
I’ve run through 25 episodes in a week.
Loved Claire Foy and was afraid that I would not be able to accept Olivia Colman but happy to report acceptance!”
A third fan tweeted: “Truth be told, I was hesitant to start watching S3 of The Crown cos I thought since Claire Foy was so good, it be hard to replace her but clearly I was wrong. Olivia Colman really came through & from the first episode, I was stunned. She was hands-down AMAZING!”
Foy was not the only character to be released in the third series of The Crown.
Helena Bonham Carter took over from Vanessa Kirby as the Queen’s troubled sister, Princess Margaret.
Tobias Menzies landed the role of Prince Philip, replacing Matt Smith as the Queen’s husband.
Ben Daniels starred as Lord Snowdon in the series, replacing Matthew Goode who played the character in the first two series.
There were also some new faces in the cast, including Josh O’Connor, Erin Doherty and Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles.
Regardless of the division, both Foy and Colman won Golden Globes for their performances as Queen Elizabeth II.
There is even more good news, more than 21 million households watched the third season of The Crown during its first month of release.
This was a 40 percent increase from season two, measured over the same initial four weeks.
In total, 73 million households worldwide have watched The Crown since it premiered on Netflix in 2016.
The Crown is streaming on Netflix now