Netflix just released season 5 of The crownAnd that means 10 new episodes of English royal shenanigans.
It also means there’s a new cast of actors playing the royals, continuing the show’s tradition of recasting its lead roles every two seasons.
Since the show plans to end after season 6, this is likely the final cast we’ll see as most of these characters. So, let’s see how the characters have looked over the years alongside real-life royalty:
Here is Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, 1977 and 1991.
And here she is played by Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and Imelda Staunton in The crown.
Here is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1953, 1977 and 1991.
And here he is portrayed by Matt Smith, Tobias Menzies and Jonathan Pryce in The crown.
Here is Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, in 1951, 1980 and 1991.
And here she is played by Vanessa Kirby, Helena Bonham Carter and Lesley Manville.
Here is Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, in 1942, 1973 and 1990.
And here she is portrayed by Victoria Hamilton, Marion Bailey and Marcia Warren.
Here is Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1975 and 1993.
And here he is played by Josh O’Connor and Dominic West.
Here is Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1981 and 1991.
And here’s Emma Corrin and Elizabeth Debicki as Diana.
Here is Camilla Parker Bowles in 1973 and 1994.
And here’s Emerald Fennell and Olivia Williams as Camilla.
Here is Princess Anne in 1973 and 1990.
And here’s Erin Doherty and Claudia Harrison as Anne on the show.
Here is Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in 1982 and 1995.
And here are Tom Byrne and James Murray playing him in The crown.
Here is Prince Edward in 1980 and 1995.
And here’s Edward played by Angus Imrie and Sam Woolf.
Here is Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973 and 1995.
And here’s Andrew Buchan and Daniel Flynn as Andrew.
Here is Louis, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, in 1943 and 1977.
And here he is portrayed by Greg Wise and Charles Dance.
Here is Peter Townsend in 1949 and 1978.
And that’s what he looked like on the show, played by Ben Miles and Timothy Dalton.
Here is Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, in 1925 and 1962.
And here’s Alex Jennings and Derek Jacobi as Edward.
Here is Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, in 1937 and 1974.
And here are Lia Williams and Geraldine Chaplin, who played Wallis on the show.
Here is Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, in 1960 and 1978.
And here are Matthew Goode and Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon on the show.
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