In following the story of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, each season of The Crown focuses on a different era in her life, and the life of the monarchy in general. It also tends to follow real life events as closely as the narrative will allow. So now that Season 2 has come to a close, let's speculate about some The Crown Season 3 theories to help get you excited for what's to come. The next era in the life of the Queen is a turbulent one, particularly for the people around her. Personally, I cannot wait to see how the show handles the upcoming drama and mischief.
The second season of the show ended sometime in the middle of the '60s. This means it's a pretty good bet that the next season of The Crown will focus on the '70s. This decade sees Elizabeth enter into the second decade of her reign, while the monarchy as an institution sees major upheavals. Elizabeth and Philip's children are grown now and finding mates of their own, amidst sometimes brutal tabloid scrutiny and a growing public distrust of the family. Other characters the audience have come to know and love already, like the inimitable Princess Margaret, will see their lives turned upside-down. Meanwhile, certain faces long familiar to any royalist will make their The Crown debut. Let's dive right in, then, shall we? Here's what you can expect to see...
Princess Anne's Wedding
Not unlike the rest of the world, The Crown loves a royal wedding. Though audiences last saw Princess Anne as a young girl on The Crown, by the 1970s she is all grown up. She married Captain Mark Philips in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey in 1973 when she was just 23 years old. Yes please to all the pomp and circumstance.
Though his sister was happily married, finding a mate for Prince Charles proved to be a much trickier task. Not that he didn't have plenty of offers. But the 1970s is the decade he met Camilla Parker-Bowles, destined to be the prince's one true love, as well as something of a royal pain for other members of the family.
Princess Margaret's Divorce
It wasn't all love and sunshine for the royals in the '70s, however. Princess Margaret, ever the rebel, married the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones as seen in Season 2. But happiness so rarely lasts. Both of them were rumored to have had affairs outside of their marriage and separated in 1976. They divorced two years later, but reportedly remained on good terms with one another.
The Silver Jubilee
In 1977, Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Silver Jubilee, which marked the 25th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Britain marked the milestone with over 4,000 celebrations in London alone. There were processionals, parades, TV specials, and visiting dignitaries. The perfect setting for a television show, in short.
The Sex Pistols
But The Crown also depicts how things changed for the monarchy in the latter half of the 20th century, a time when the monarch's power was mostly ceremonial. That means the series will pretty much have to include The Sex Pistols, leaders of London's burgeoning punk movement. At the aforementioned Silver Jubilee, The Sex Pistols rented a boat which sailed down the Thames at the height of the celebrations. As the boat passed the Houses of Parliament, they launched into "Anarchy in the U.K." Subtle.
The Crown has already confirmed that Princess Diana will appear in the later half of Season 3. After having his heart broken by Camilla, Prince Charles met and became engaged to the quiet and demure 18-year-old Diana. We all know what happened next, though the tragedy that followed most likely won't be covered until Season 4.
As you can see, there's a lot to expect from the third installment of this Netflix drama. And I, for one, can't wait to see how it all unfolds.
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