Fans of The Crown will have to wait until 2022 for the fifth season of the acclaimed show when Imelda Staunton will assume the role of Queen Elizabeth II.

Netflix has confirmed that filming won't commence on new episodes of the royal drama until next June.

According to Deadline the break was always part of The Crown's plan going forward and has nothing to do with the various coronavirus-related shutdowns that have occurred across the entertainment industry in recent months.

 There was a similar pause between Season 2 and 3 of The Crown, which were separated by a two-year gap as Claire Foy stepped away from the throne and  Olivia Colman took her place.

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It’s not all bad news for The Crown fans though as creator Peter Morgan recently announced that the show would continue into a sixth season despite having previously stated that it'd only have run for five.

And of course, there is Olivia Coleman’s last outing as the Queen in season 4 to look forward to, which is due for release later this year. 

Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson have joined the cast as Diana Spencer and Margaret Thatcher respectively.

Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies (as Prince Philip), Erin Doherty (as Princess Anne) and Josh O'Connor (as Prince Charles) will return alongside Colman.

Season 5 will commence shooting in June 2021, with season 6 expected to go into production in June 2022. 

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