The Crown fans have been given the first look at Olivia Colman in action as Queen Elizabeth II in the show's upcoming third season.

The actress will take over the mantle from Claire Foy, who earned a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the monarch during her time on the Netflix series, for the show's third season.

The first image of Colman has now been shared, with production underway ahead of a 2019 season release, to Twitter with The Crown's official page captioning it "patience".

It was announced last year that Colman would be joining the cast for season three, with Helena Bonham Carter set to replace Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.

In a statement about her casting, Bonham Carter said she was "terrified" about following in her footsteps.

Helena Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret

"I'm not sure which I'm more terrified – doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby. The only thing I can guarantee is that I'll be shorter than Vanessa," she said.

Tobias Menzies will play Prince Phillip in season three, with Ben Daniels set to star as Antony Armstrong-Jones. Their roles were originally played by Matt Smith and Matthew Goode for the first two seasons respectively.

A launch date on Netflix has yet to be released.

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