The Crown Season 3: First Look at Olivia Colman as The Queen

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Were you worried things might change with the cast of The Crown Season 3?

Fear no more, as Netflix has released the first image of new star Olivia Colman as The Queen.

She looks very regal drinking a cup of tea. Is it really that easy? Keep reading to see the photo.

Claire Foy as the Queen

If The Crown were strictly a United States production, we would probably be subjected to an aging process via prosthetics and makeup, but as this is a worldwide production, we're having things done a little differently.

The entire cast will be turned over when The Crown Season 3 returns.

While Claire Foy and Matt Smith were first playing The Queen and Prince Philip, moving forward we'll be treated to Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies as the royal couple.

Related: The Crown Season 2 Review: A Fine Sendoff to The Early Years

They are set to appear for the third and fourth seasons of the award-winning and critically-praised drama.

We're anxiously awaiting more photos, but we're also going to make you wait just a little bit more before we get to the first photo from production.

You want to know the other magnificent stars who joined Colman and Menzies so you know what other photos may be coming your way.

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Colman is best known in the States for her work on the original UK production of Broadchurch and The Night Manager from AMC. 

Menzies is best known for his dual roles of Black Jack Randall and Frank Randall on Outlander and most recently as James Fitzjames on The Terror on AMC.

Related: The Crown: Outlander's Tobias Menzies Cast as New Prince Philip

Also joining the cast will be Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones.

Netflix is not holding back on the casting for this acclaimed series!

As you can see in the first production photo released, below, there is a lot to look forward to already.

Colman looks like she has been waiting her entire life to step into the role.

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth

By way of storylines, the expectation is that the drama will begin in 1963.

Among topics that will be addressed will be the rise of The Beatles to fame and England winning the soccer world cup in 1966.

New characters on the horizon include Camilla Parker Bowles, among others. 

Related: The Crown: Olivia Colman to Succeed Claire Foy!

Are you as excited about The Crown moving more into the modern day as us? 

Does Colman fit the image of the middle age Queen? Are you ready to see her with Menzies and Prince Philip?

Hit the comments below and let us know what news stories from the era you think might be worth seeing the Queen and her consorts contemplating.

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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