WATCH: Official trailer for Netflix’s Elizabeth II drama The Crown is here
The official trailer for Netflix’s new royal drama The Queen is here – and it looks pretty good.
The new drama tells the story of a young Elizabeth II as she accepts her new role as Queen of England with the strong sense of duty and decorum that she is famed for. It explores the Britain in which she was throned, which had been savaged by two wars and the disintegration of the British Empire.
The trailer begins much in the same vein as ITV’s Victoria, with the choosing of Elizabeth’s name as Queen. “Let’s not overcomplicate matters unnecessarily,” says Claire Foy as the young Elizabeth in perfectly clipped tones, “my name is Elizabeth”. She seems suitably burdened by her sudden transition to most powerful woman in the world.
Next we meet Prince Philip, played by Matt Smith, as he learns he will always play second fiddle in his marriage. “Are you my wife or my Queen?” he asks angrily, but Elizabeth retorts: “I am both and a strong man would be able to kneel to both”.
The next few scenes hint at marital, familial and political problems in store for Queen Elizabeth as she fights to maintain her dominance and hold on the country.
We all know the ending to this one – spoiler, it works out fairly well – but we still can’t wait until November to finally watch it.