Peter Morgan, the creator of Netflix’s The Crown, which chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, shared Thursday that the show’s sixth season will pause production to mourn the Queen’s death.
The queen, the longest reigning monarch in British history, died Thursday at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland. She was 96 years old. “The Crown is a love letter to her and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect,” Morgan said in a statement to Deadline. “I expect we will stop filming out of respect too.” The news came just hours after Buckingham Palace released a statement noting concern for the royal’s health.
The palace confirmed on September 8 that the Queen would remain under medical supervision at her home in Balmoral. The British monarchy announced Queen Elizabeth’s passing Thursday afternoon with a short statement. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the message read. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
The Crown is in production on its sixth season. Its fifth season is slated to hit screens this November. The season boasts an all-new cast including Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, and Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles. Jonny Lee Miller will also appear as Prime Minister John Major.
Three actresses have so far played the role of Queen Elizabeth throughout the show’s run – Claire Foy starred as a younger Elizabeth before becoming queen, Olivia Colman during her early years as monarch, and Imelda Staunton, who will take on the role of the Queen when the show’s fifth season airs in November.
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