The Crown premiere: Elizabeth Debicki joins Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Gillian Anderson


Elizabeth Debicki, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton and Gillian Anderson led the stars attending the premiere of The Crown season five in London on Tuesday.

Actress Elizabeth, who plays Princess Diana in the new season, cut a glamorous figure on the red carpet in a black sleeveless gown by Dior. 

The strapless garment also featured a matching stripe detail while Elizabeth added height to her frame with a pair of heels.

Also sporting several gold Dior necklaces, the TV star styled her blonde locks into an updo for the star-studded event.

Elizabeth was joined on the red carpet by child actors Will Powell and Timothee Sambor who star as Prince William and Prince Harry.  

Imelda Staunton, who takes over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy, opted for a black blazer and matching trousers along with a crisp white shirt. 

Dominic West, who takes over the role of the then Prince Charles from Josh O’Connor, looked dapper in a black suit with a white shirt.

Event: Elizabeth, who plays Princess Diana, posed on the red carpet alongside child actors Teddy Hawley and Timothee Sambor who play Princes William and Harry

Art imitating life: Princess Diana pictured with William and Harry in 1992

Event: Elizabeth, who plays Princess Diana, posed on the red carpet alongside child actors Timothee Sambor (right) and Teddy Hawley (left) who play Princes William and Harry

The actor attended the premiere alongside his wife Catherine FitzGerald and their four children Senan, Dora, Francis and Cristabel. 

Gillian Anderson, who portrayed Margaret Thatcher in season four, donned a black sleeveless gown with a bejewelled embellishment.

Claudia Harrison, who portrays Princess Anne in the Netflix drama, looked elegant in a black off the shoulder dress.

The outfit also featured a high leg split along with a waist strap and a layered detail on the shoulder.

On screen: Elizabeth and Dominic portray a tumultuous period in Diana and Charles' lives in the new season

On screen: Elizabeth and Dominic portray a tumultuous period in Diana and Charles’ lives in the new season 

Glamour: Elizabeth cut a glamorous figure on the red carpet in a black sleeveless gown

Sensational: The strapless garment also featured a matching stripe detail while Elizabeth added height to her frame with a pair of heels

Glamour: Elizabeth cut a glamorous figure on the red carpet in a black sleeveless gown

Family: Dominic attended the premiere alongside his wife Catherine FitzGerald and their four children Senan, Dora, Francis and Cristabel

Family: Dominic attended the premiere alongside his wife Catherine FitzGerald and their four children Senan, Dora, Francis and Cristabel

Heartwarming: Elizabeth looked in good spirits as she greeted Teddy and Timothee on the red carpet

Heartwarming: Elizabeth looked in good spirits as she greeted Teddy and Timothee on the red carpet 

Claudia also sported a pair of black heels while she styled her brunette tresses into loose curls.

Erin Richards, who plays Kelly Fisher, the ex-girlfriend of Princess Diana’s partner Dodi Fayed, opted for a baby pink long-sleeved midi dress.

The garment featured a high collar  while Erin also opted for a pair of mauve heels and silver earrings.

Lesley Manville, who plays Princess Margaret, looked sensational in a black short-sleeved dress with a sequinned detail.

Premiere: Olivia Williams, who plays Camilla Parker Bowles, opted for an all red look

Looking good: Lesley Manville, who plays Princess Margaret, looked sensational in a black short-sleeved dress with a sequinned detail

Premiere: Olivia Williams, who plays Camilla Parker Bowles, opted for an all red look while Lesley Manville, who plays Princess Margaret, sported a black short-sleeved dress

Couple: Khalid Abdalla, who plays Dodi Fayed in the new season, attended the premiere alongside his wife Cressida Trew

Couple: Khalid Abdalla, who plays Dodi Fayed in the new season, attended the premiere alongside his wife Cressida Trew

Sensational: Gillian styled her blonde locks into an updo and donned a pair of open-toed heels

Praise: The actress won rave reviews for her performance as Margaret Thatcher

Sensational: Gillian styled her blonde locks into an updo and donned a pair of open-toed heels

Cast: It was revealed late last year that Timothee and Teddy had been cast to play William and Harry during their childhood years

Cast: It was revealed late last year that Timothee and Teddy had been cast to play William and Harry during their childhood years 

The garment had a lace detail along the neckline along with a sheer detail while Lesley also wore a pair of matching heels. 

Olivia Williams, who stars as Camilla Parker Bowles, effortlessy turned heads in a bright red blazer and matching trousers.

The Victoria & Abdul star’s outfit also featured a tassel detail while she added height to her frame with matching heels.

Wearing her brunette locks in an updo, Olivia accessorised with a silver clutch bag as she posed for the cameras.

Pals: Khalid was all smiles on the red carpet as he posed alongside Salim Daw who plays Dodi's father Mohamed

Pals: Khalid was all smiles on the red carpet as he posed alongside Salim Daw who plays Dodi’s father Mohamed

Cast: Elizabeth, Dominic, Imedla and Jonathan Pryce, who plays Prince Philip, all posed together at the event

Cast: Elizabeth, Dominic, Imedla and Jonathan Pryce, who plays Prince Philip, all posed together at the event

Show: Series five of The Crown will take place in the 1990s and, like each previous season, will consist of 10 episodes

Show: Series five of The Crown will take place in the 1990s and, like each previous season, will consist of 10 episodes

Marcia Warren, who portrays The Queen Mother, donned a burgundy patterned dress with a matching shawl and bright red shoes.

The actress also wore a bright red necklace and added to her outfit with a bejewelled gold handbag.

Khalid Abdalla, who plays Dodi Fayed in  the new season, attended the premiere alongside his wife Cressida Trew.

The actor looked dapper in a black suit while his partner opted for a navy long-sleeves dress with a plunging neckline. 

Prasanna Puwanarajah, who plays Martin Bashir, looked dapper at the premiere as he arrived in a navy velvet blazer with a white shirt and black trousers.

The actor portrays the journalist who conducted the now infamous BBC Panorama interview with Princess Diana in 1995 where she discussed her marriage and separation from Prince Charles. 

Return: It was also revealed that the next instalment will premiere on Netflix on Wednesday, November 9 - where fans will see Imelda Staunton take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the first time

Return: It was also revealed that the next instalment will premiere on Netflix on Wednesday, November 9 – where fans will see Imelda Staunton take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the first time

Congrats: Lesley Manville was confirmed to have joined the cast of The Crown as Princess Margaret back in 2020

Pictured: Princess Margaret at an official royal engagement in 1966

Congrats: Lesley Manville was confirmed to have joined the cast of The Crown as Princess Margaret back in 2020 

Emma Weymouth ensured all eyes were on her as she walked the red carpet in a black strapless gown with a flowing train.

The garment featured a sweetheart neckline while Emma also sported a matching black cardigan.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star added to her outfit with silver earrings with an emerald jewel embellishment.

Letting her raven locks fall loose down her shoulders, Emma added to her look with a light palette of makeup.

Family: Olivia was joined at the premiere by her husband Rashan Stone and their daughter Roxana

Family: Olivia was joined at the premiere by her husband Rashan Stone and their daughter Roxana

Outfit: Catherine donned a white blouse along with black trousers and matching heels

Outfit: Catherine donned a white blouse along with black trousers and matching heels 

Smart: Prasanna Puwanarajah, who plays Martin Bashir, looked dapper at the premiere as he arrived in a navy velvet blazer with a white shirt and black trousers

Smart: Prasanna Puwanarajah, who plays Martin Bashir, looked dapper at the premiere as he arrived in a navy velvet blazer with a white shirt and black trousers

The fifith season of The Crown follows Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal family through the 1990s, with Imelda Staunton playing the late monarch.

Series five of The Crown will take place in the 1990s and, like each previous season, will consist of 10 episodes.

Fans will not see the death of Princess Diana in this series as her passing – which took place in 1996 – will not be covered until the sixth and final series.

The new series of The Crown will also be the first to air since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.

The breakdown of the then Prince Charles and Diana’s relationship will be a central part of the new series.

The fourth series, which streamed in November last year, told the story of the early romance between Charles and Diana.

It was announced last year that Elizabeth would take over from Emma Corrin and play Diana for the fifth and sixth series, which will cover Diana’s death in 1997.

The actress said of her casting: ‘Princess Diana’s spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many. It is my privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.’ 

The final two series of The Crown will cover the Royal Family’s history throughout the 1990s and into 2003, however it is not yet know which moments will be seen.

Radiant: Emma Weymouth cut a glamorous figure as she attended the premiere of The Crown season five in London on Tuesday

Radiant: Emma Weymouth cut a glamorous figure as she attended the premiere of The Crown season five in London on Tuesday

Stunning: The socialite, 36, ensured all eyes were on her as she walked the red carpet in a black strapless gown with a flowing train

Stunning: The socialite, 36, ensured all eyes were on her as she walked the red carpet in a black strapless gown with a flowing train

There are several poignant moments which could be used, including the Queen making a speech on her 40th anniversary of her accession in 1992, in which she called the year an ‘annus horriblis’.

She was referring to the breakdown of three of her children’s marriages; Prince Andrew, Princess Anne’s and Prince Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana.

Other notable events during the time period included a fire at Windsor Castle, her golden wedding anniversary in 1997, and the deaths of Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother.

Also joining The Crown in series five is Lesley Manville, 64, who is set to star as Princess Margaret while Jonathan Pryce, 73, will take over the role of Prince Philip.

James Murray will take on the role of Prince Andrew, replacing Tom Byrne, who played the Queen’s second son in series four.

Style: The garment featured a sweetheart neckline while Emma also sported a matching black cardigan

Style: The garment featured a sweetheart neckline while Emma also sported a matching black cardigan

Pivotal moments from The Crown so far… 

King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love    

Edward fell in love with Wallis Simpson, a married woman, and planned to marry her after his coronation when her divorce had come through.

However they were denied the opportunity to marry and due to divorce being forbidden for the Royals and decided to move to France together.

Edward later returned to England to face his family for the funeral of George VI following his death and went on to form a close bond with Prince Charles.

Bigger picture: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love

Bigger picture: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love

Princess Margaret is also denied her happy ending 

Princess Margaret, who is painted as the Royal rebel throughout the first and second seasons, hoped to step outside tradition and marry divorcee Peter Townsend.

However growing public chatter over the illicit relationship begins to overshadow Elizabeth’s post coronation fame.

Margaret makes her intentions to marry Peter clear to Queen Elizabeth II and she asks her to wait until she is 25 to tie the knot with her love.

However when her 25th birthday does roll around the Queen has to go back on her word due to pressure from the Crown, and tells Margaret that she cannot grant her permission to marry Peter.

Devastated: Princess Margaret is denied her happy ending with Peter Townsend

Devastated: Princess Margaret is denied her happy ending with Peter Townsend

Winston Churchill’s rise and fall

The first and second seasons depicted the Queen’s relationship with the Prime Minister of the time, Winston Churchill.

Following his successful leadership during the Second World War, Winston rises to power again for a second time during Elizabeth’s reign.

The Crown follows Winston’s journey as he adjusts to answering to a woman in power and his deteriorating health. 

Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth’s new role

The power struggle in the relationship is clear to see as Elizabeth’s role as the Queen takes priority over her marriage, while Prince Philip isn’t used to taking a backseat. 

The Crown also hints at infidelity in their relationship as Elizabeth finds a picture of Russian ballerina Galina Ulanova among his possessions, before sending him off on a five-month tour on the Royal yacht.

The tension comes to a head during the premiere for season two when the Royal couple argue on board the HMY Britannia as they strive to find a resolution to their problems, due to divorce not being an option for a monarch.

Trouble in paradise: Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth's new role

Trouble in paradise: Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth’s new role

Elizabeth’s journey to accepting the Crown 

The start of the series shows a more wary and shy Elizabeth, compared to the formidable monarch she has grown into.

One of the key moments in the first series is her journey to accepting the Crown, after having to reconfigure all of the relationships in her life.

The series shows the Queen growing in confidence as she finds herself on a path of self-discovery.

The Queen visits Aberfan 

Aberfan: After reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets

Aberfan: After reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets

Episode three of the third season focuses on the Aberfan disaster which killed 144 people, including 116 childrne, after a colliery spoil tip collapsed over a school in a Welsh village.

The Queen did not immediately visit the disaster site, citing that she did not want to distract away from the tragedy with her presence.

However after reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets.

 The Royal Family documentary 

Inside the life: In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months

Inside the life: In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months

In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months.

The Crown depicts the whole thing as a disaster with the family reportedly banning the programme from ever being aired again.

However in actuality, the documentary was well-received and had sky high viewing figures.

Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

Touching: Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

Touching: Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

After receiving backlash for the title ‘Prince of Wales’, despite not being a citizen or speaking the language, Prince Charles was sent to Aberystwyth University to learn the language.

Charles, who was 20 at the time, finished the trip with an elaborate investiture to pledge his allegiance to the Queen in Welsh.

However he asked to tweak the speech to add in his own voice, promising the Welsh residents that they wouldn’t be forgotten by England again.

Princess Margaret wows at the White House

She impressed! After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson

She impressed! After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson

After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The whole night appeared a huge success thanks to Margaret’s quick-wit and charm, with President Johnson seemingly lapping it up.

However across the pond Margaret’s success appeared to worry the Queen as she seemed concerned she was being outshone by her sibling.   



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