‘The Crown’: Netflix Releases The First Official Trailer For Its Biggest Budgeted TV Series Yet

For those of you who love historical television series such as Versailles and Vikings, Netflix has a new gem for you. The Crown is a 10-part series that focuses on Queen Elizabeth II and will premiere on Netflix on Friday, November 4.

The official synopsis for Netflix’s The Crown is below.

“A Netflix original series, The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne… a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace… the leaders of an empire await.”

Netflix has also released the official trailer for The Crown, which can be viewed below.

The Crown stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Netflix’s The Crown has “a production budget of about £100 million.” This equates to roughly $US130 million or approximately $US13 million per hour of television time. If you thought the production costs for HBO’s Game of Thrones was expansive, The Crown has eclipsed their figures for production costs. And, considering the trailer for The Crown has the words “The crown must always win,” it seems Netflix has laid down the challenge.

The official trailer for The Crown shows this series will delve into the normally patriarchal world of rulers. Queen Elizabeth had to come to loggerheads with the powerful men of the time who thought they could do a much better job of leading England and its vast Commonwealth of countries that included at the time the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, and Newfoundland. As well as this, she was battling against her own husband thanks to the rules that must be respected in regard to Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

Netflix's 'The Crown' series Queen Elizabeth puts on her crown
Netflix's 'The Crown' series Queen Elizabeth puts on her crown [Image by Netflix]

The new trailer for The Crown touches on the many varied complications that come with being the ruler of a country — or, in her case, countries. Not only is there the battle between the sexes, but Queen Elizabeth must also battle against herself as she realizes she must put her title and her reign before her own personal wants and needs.

Besides her own needs, there is also the needs and desires of her family. And, in particular, her refusal to allow her sister, Princess Margaret, to marry the divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend will be explored in The Crown. Besides this famous tiff, the relationship between Queen Elizabeth and her grandmother, Queen Mary, will be explored. Queen Mary was known to be the woman who brought the English monarchy back to its former glory.

“I have seen three great monarchies brought down through their failure to separate personal indulgences from duty,” Queen Mary tells Queen Elizabeth in The Crown trailer. “You must not allow yourself to make similar mistakes. The crown must win, must always win.”

You can view the gallery of images for The Crown, released by Netflix, below.

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All 10 episodes of The Crown will launch on Friday, November 4, exclusively on Netflix.

[Featured Image by Robert Viglasky/Netflix]