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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 dreadful 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, the new characters 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 takes place in the late ’40s and early ’50s, and season two takes place in the ’50s and early ’60s. Season three will reportedly center on the years 1964 to 1976.

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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 Foy will hang up her crown as Queen Elizabeth and pass the scepter to British actress Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) for seasons three and four.

The rebellious Princess Margaret will no longer be portrayed by Vanessa Kirby. Instead, Helena Bonham Carter will step in. And Prince Philip? Tobias Menzies will replace Smith. 

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The Premiere Date

OK, Netflix released season two at the beginning of last December, so we still have a way to go before we’re forced to bid farewell to Foy. The Crown season three is expected to return to Netflix sometime in 2019.

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The New Faces

The Crown producers confirmed a Princess Diana character will be worked into the royal fold late into the third season and will play a major role in the fourth (as well as the unconfirmed fifth season). A Camilla Parker Bowles character will also play a part in season three, according to producer Suzanne Mackie.

Worth the wait? Absolutely, my dear.

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