1. The Queen, played by Olivia Coleman
Queen Elizabeth II (Photo, PA Images via Getty Images) and Olivia Coleman (Photo, Netflix)
The Broadchurch star will take over where Claire Foy left off for the third and fourth seasons, stepping into Her Majesty’s shoes during the tumultuous ’60s and ’70s.
2. Princess Margaret, played by Helena Bonham Carter
Princess Margaret (Photo, Tim Graham/Getty Images) and Helena Bonham Carter (Photo, Netflix)
From Ocean’s 8 to the palaces of the monarchy, Vanessa Kirby passed the Princess Margaret torch to Hollywood heavyweight Helena Bonham Carter.
3. Prince Philip, played by Tobias Menzies
The Duke of Edinburgh (Photo, PA Images via Getty Images) and Tobias Menzies (Photo, Netflix)
Fans have bid adieu to Matt Smith for the third season, where the rebellious royal’s shoes will be filled by the Game of Thrones actor.
4. Princess Anne, played by Erin Doherty
Princess Anne (Photo, Serge Lemoine/Getty Images) and Erin Doherty (Photo, Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)
She’s appeared on Call the Midwife, but this up-and-comer is set to tackle her biggest role yet as the Queen’s daughter. The time frame covered in the third season may include a frightening kidnap attempt made on the princess in 1974.
5. The Queen Mother, played by Marion Bailey
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The British actress joins the royal family for seasons three and four as the Queen’s mom. “It’s a brilliant show and we have a tough act to follow, but what a gift to be playing the fascinating and greatly loved Queen Mother,” the Allied actress told The Hollywood Reporter.
6. Prince Charles, played by Josh O’Connor
Prince Charles (Photo, Derek Hudson/Getty Images) and Josh O’Connor (Photo, Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Josh couldn’t be more excited to tackle the role of heir to the throne, especially in the ’60s and ’70s as he’s coming of age. “Seasons 3 and 4 will follow some of the most turbulent events in the Prince of Wales’s life and our national story,” the Florence Foster Jones star said in a statement, “and I’m excited to be bringing to life the man in the midst of it all.
7. Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon, played by Ben Daniels
Lord Snowdon (Photo, Gary Renaud/Pix Inc./The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) and Ben Daniels (Photo, Netflix)
Goodbye Matthew Goode, hello Ben Daniels! As Princess Margaret’s photographer husband ages, he’ll be played by the former Flesh & Bone star.