"It will be the best yet." What we know about The Crown's highly anticipated fourth season.

After a hefty two year wait, season three of The Crown finally dropped on Netflix.

We saw the royals react to the devastating Aberfan disaster, Prince Charles meeting Camilla Shand and Princess Margaret’s affair with Roddy Llewellyn, among many other juicy morsels of royal history.

But now fans are ravenous for their next instalment of the biographical royal series.

While the release date is hazy (fingers crossed for any time in 2020), this is what we can expect from the show’s fourth season.

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When is the release date?

Unlike the two-year gap between season two and three – thanks to a complete cast overhaul – seasons three and four are being filmed back to back, with filming currently in progress.

If we’re lucky, fans might even be able to expect new episodes in 2020. Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles) shared the news.

“We’re well into it now. We’ve got many months left, they’ve got a few episodes in, so it’s really exciting. And I think it will be the best yet, actually,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to finishing that and then getting to share it sometime in 2020, I guess.”

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Fans could get their next instalment of The Crown in 2020. Image: Netflix.

Who will be joining and leaving the cast?

Emma Corrin as Princess Diana

The moment we've all been waiting for may finally happen. While season three introduced Prince Charles to Camilla Shand, season four will supposedly explore Charles' courtship and marriage to Princess Diana.

Given that the season should explore the period of Margaret Thatcher's time as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, the show might even include glimpses of a young Prince William and Prince Harry.


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Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher

We can expect Margaret Thatcher's relationship with The Queen to feature quite prominently this season.

Dubbed 'The Iron Lady,' Thatcher was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and known for her uncompromising and fierce leadership.

Some royal sources also say she had a bit of a 'difficult' relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, so there's that to look forward to as well.


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What storylines can we expect The Crown Season 4 to explore?

Let's just say show-runner, Peter Morgan, will have his fair share of dramatic moments to choose from.

Margaret Thatcher's leadership will feature prominently.

Just some of the historical events they could explore include her involvement in the Falklands War, the miners' strike of 1984–85, the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and Apartheid in South Africa.

From inside the palace, the show will probably also feature the intrusion of Michael Fagan, who broke into the Queen's bedroom in 1982. The Crown could also cover an incident during the 1981 Trooping the Colour, in which Marcus Sarjeant fired six blank shots at the Queen.

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Queen Elizabeth at the 1981 Trooping the Colour. Image: Getty.

Princess Diana fans will also see her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles, their royal tour of Australia in 1983, and the birth of her sons Prince William (1982) and Prince Harry (1984).

While it's unsure if Morgan has cast, or will be casting, for an actor to play an adult Prince Andrew, the time period will also see the royal leave to fight in the Falklands War.

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