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Sure, we’ve already binge-watched our way through The Crown season two (twice...), but these season three deets are just the thing to get us through this dreaded binge-watch withdrawal. 

While Netflix hasn’t revealed too much about The Crown’s upcoming third season, we do have to warn that a few key members of the O.G. cast won’t be returning for the show’s junior run. (Take a deep breath and let that sink in.)

Here’s what we know about the time period, the premiere date and the (gulp) replacements for Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth) and Matt Smith (Prince Philip) in season three.

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The Time Period

Season one took place in the late ’40s and early ’50s, and season two took place in the ’50s and early ’60s, so season three will likely take place in the late ’60s and ’70s. Netflix already revealed the third season will feature Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Charles’s second—and current—wife. The couple didn’t meet until 1971, and we highly doubt Netflix would highlight Bowles before she was associated with royalty. (No offense, Cam.)

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The Replacements

With each season taking place in a different time period, this was bound to happen, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Our beloved Claire Foy will no longer portray Queen Elizabeth and will hand the crown over to British actress Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) for seasons three and four.

Matt Smith will also give up his role as Prince Philip, but his successor hasn’t been named yet. Luckily, the Doctor Who star seems pleased with Netflix’s replacement options. “If it’s the person it could be, I was just totally flattered. I thought, ‘How marvelous,’” he revealed to host Seth Meyers on Late Night.

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The Premiere Date

OK, Netflix just released season two all of four days ago, so we still have a way to go before we’re forced to bid farewell to Foy. Nevertheless, The Crown season three is expected to return to Netflix sometime in 2019.

Worth the wait? Absolutely, my dear.

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