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How Claire Foy ‘keeps things real’ playing Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s The Crown

Actress playing the young Elizabeth in new drama says no one, not even a royal, has a picture-perfect life and that’s how she approached the role

By Xavier Ng

Being English, Claire Foy thinks the trick in portraying Her Majesty the Queen is to forget everything she knows about the monarch and start afresh.

“You’ll have to get rid of what you think you know, especially when you’ve grown up in England – you grew up with her,” says the 32-year-old actress.

Foy, who made an impression playing another royalty, the ill-fated Queen Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s Wolf Hall (2015), has landed a big part in The Crown, Netflix’s latest drama series to be released on November 4.

Written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry, The Crown it is a biographical story about the reign of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Foy plays the Queen in the early part of her reign.

“It’s a huge honour, obviously,” she says of her latest role. “But at the end of the day, I have to play the character that Peter Morgan has written. It’s not a documentary drama, it’s a drama, a story, a fiction. It’s still our imagination. But you have to try not to generalise or stereotype, and think about what it actually feels like putting yourself in her shoes.”

With six seasons and 60 episodes planned, The Crown begins with Foy as the young princess marrying Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1947 before she is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom in 1952. This first chapter ends in 1957, by which time Elizabeth II had already gained some experience as head of the monarchy and dealt with figures such as the British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill.

“That’s not a huge amount of time, but a lot happened in those 10 years for her, especially at the beginning when she’s just embarking on her new life, getting married to her husband, and all of a sudden she’s the queen,” says Foy. “It’s a real journey and a real story there.” Continue reading How Claire Foy ‘keeps things real’ playing Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s The Crown

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8 Things You Need To Know About Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

Queen Elizabeth II may become your new feminist icon.

By Emma Dibdin

When Netflix announced back in January that it would spend $6 billion on new content in 2016, minds boggled. But that figure is already making a lot more sense in the run-up to its ambitious new series The Crown, the first season of which cost upwards of $100 million.

Here are eight things to know about the elegant, richly detailed The Crown, a character-driven drama chronicling the adult life of Queen Elizabeth II from her 1947 wedding onwards.

1) This is not a soap opera.

Don’t look to The Crown to fill the Downton Abbey-shaped hole in your heart. All 10 episodes are written by Peter Morgan, known for his nuanced, deeply researched portraits of British royals and politicians in movies including The Queen and Frost/Nixon. Picking up in a post-war Britain where prime minister Winston Churchill has declared, “mankind stands on the edge of catastrophe,” the show’s focus is on flawed human beings in an incredibly unique and strange psychological position, and how the burden of royal duty impacts them all.

2) The first three episodes are essentially a sequel to The King’s Speech.

The Crown begins with King George VI, played by Mad Men’s always-lovable Jared Harris, on the throne. There are a lot of King Georges in British history, but this one has already been memorably brought to the screen before by Colin Firth in the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech. Eight years on from that film’s solemn conclusion, George’s health is faltering, and he spends a lot of the first episode coughing up blood which his manservant bullishly attributes to “the cold.”

Spoiler alert, for anyone who isn’t up on their British history: it’s not the cold. (Geoffrey Rush did try to warn him.) George’s death in 1952 forced his 25-year-old daughter Elizabeth onto the throne, but Harris gets a decent chunk of screen time here before that happens, and offers some important commentary on Elizabeth’s situation. George was a reluctant monarch himself, forced to take over when his elder brother Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson. The fallout from that scandal is still being felt when Edward comes back into the picture in Episode 3. His actual abdication—without which Elizabeth would never have been in line for the throne in the first place—is shown in flashbacks later in the season.

3) Elizabeth II may become your new feminist icon.

Regardless of your feelings about the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth—now Britain’s longest-serving ruler—is objectively a woman to admire. Claire Foy’s performance emphasizes the stoicism, modesty and no-nonsense attitude that have defined her reign, and they’re highlighted in contrast to the people (chiefly the men) around her.

“I have seen three great monarchies brought down through their failure to separate personal indulgences from duty,” she’s warned early on. “You must not allow yourself to make similar mistakes.” Her new husband Philip (Matt Smith) is more concerned with the trappings of monarchy than the actual responsibilities; her uncle Edward squabbles with the rest of her family over his inheritance; she’s surrounded by people who make no secret of their belief that they’re better suited for the throne than her. Amidst it all, Elizabeth quietly endures and gets on with business.

Episode 2 also features a reminder of what might be the best badass QE2 factoid. During her royal visit to Nairobi, the then-Princess Elizabeth casually mends a broken-down car, reminding her male companions that she served as a mechanic during World War II.

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5 Things To Know About Actress Playing Queen Elizabeth II In ‘The Crown’

She’ll have BIG shoes as she takes on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s new series ‘The Crown,’ but Claire Foy is definitely ready to take on the job. Get to know the actress with five fast facts right here!

1. She went to school to pursue her acting career

Claire Foy, 32, has always had a career in show business on her mind — she studied drama at Liverpool John Moores University, and then did a one year course at the Oxford School of Drama, graduating in 2007.

2. Her career started out with plays

During her time at Oxford, Claire starred in plays like Top girls and Easy Virtue, then made her professional stage debut in DNA and The Miracle. She then moved onto television, starring in one of her most well-known roles as Amy Dorrit in the BBC mini-series Little Dorrit.

3. Her most critically-acclaimed role was as Anne Boleyn

Claire portrayed Anne in the mini-series Wolf Hall, for which she was nominated for Best Actress at the British Academy Television Awards, Best Supporting Actress at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards and Female Actor at Royal Television Society. Amazing!

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Secret of the Unseen Queen

An exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the new blockbuster drama about the life of Elizabeth II

Scottish Daily Mail
5 Aug 2016
Bamigboye Baz

THERE’S high drama everywhere I look. Over there, the Queen is boarding a BOAC flight. Here’s Winston Churchill presiding over a cabinet meeting. And look: the Duke of Edinburgh is wandering around in his pyjamas. In a muddy field, I see perfect replicas of the frontages of Buckingham Palace and No. 10 Downing Street — although on closer inspection, they do look a little frayed.

Then the Queen swings her handbag at a courtier, and lets out a belly laugh.

It’s as if I’ve been sent back in a time machine to view — first hand — the early years of Her Majesty’s reign. But, in reality, the scenes unfolding before my eyes are part of the filming of the first series of The Crown — the most ambitious television programme ever made about Elizabeth II, and this autumn’s must-see drama.

‘It’s the story of this extraordinary family under extraordinary pressure trying to survive,’ said Stephen Daldry, one of The Crown’s executive producers and directors.

All ten hour-long episodes will be streamed, in all Netflix territories, from November 4 this year.

Viewers will be able to observe actress Claire Foy’s portrait of Elizabeth from her wedding to dashing naval officer Philip Mountbatten (played by Matt Smith) in 1947, to the debacle that was Suez in 1956.

People forget that in the early years of her reign, the Queen looked like a movie star.

‘She was glamorous and she was beautiful — but she had this extraordinary sense of duty as well,’ Daldry added.

His ambition, and that of his collaborators — writer Peter Morgan (who worked on the play The Audience with Daldry and also wrote the film The Queen, both starring Helen Mirren), Philip Martin (who directs four episodes) and producers Andy Harries, Matthew Byam-Shaw, Andrew Eaton, Faye Ward and Robert Fox — is to shoot ten episodes for each decade of Her Majesty’s 63-year reign.

The second series, covering the Sixties, starts filming next month.

Each show deals with a crisis: whether it’s political (Suez) or domestic, such as Princess Margaret’s desire to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend, her father’s equerry.

ONE concerns the placement of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at the funeral of King George VI. Another explores the different experiences Philip and Charles had at Gordonstoun school. ‘Why was it so powerful for Philip? And so horrid for Charles?’ Daldry wondered.

Another episode examines the explosive debate around the cabinet table — and in the Commons — over whether the Queen’s Coronation should be televised.

Philip Martin directed the Coronation episode. He said the argument about the perils of ‘letting daylight in on the magic’ (as 19thcentury essayist Walter Bagehot put it), and of ‘whether it was wrong for people to be able to sit at home and have a cup of tea and watch the Queen being crowned’ — in his words — was fierce.

A highlight is the sequence concerning the Act of Consecration.

In 1953, the anointing of the Queen was blacked out, so viewers never saw it. But Daldry was adamant The Crown should show Elizabeth being daubed on the palms of her hands, her breast and forehead with special consecrated oils — and the scene with Foy (who played Anne Boleyn, in Wolf Hall) is solemn but spectacular.

‘It explains so much about her, and how she sees her duties,’ Daldry said, as we walked to one of several sound-stages being used at Elstree, in Hertfordshire, for the show.

He stressed that The Crown is not a historical documentary (although he said an incredible amount of research had been done).

‘We’re not making up a lot. But obviously it’s not a docu-drama.

‘The Queen has maintained a mystique: the most visible, invisible woman in the world.

‘The dramas of her family affect our lives, as when Margaret wanted to marry “the staff” — and a divorced member of the staff, at that. A lot of what’s in The Crown is in the public domain, but it has never been put together like this before.

‘We’re checking ourselves to make sure we’re not stepping over the line.’

And what, exactly, would be ‘stepping over the line’?

‘Getting into areas that aren’t warranted, or in bad taste,’ Daldry said ‘I wouldn’t be interested in seeing them in intimate circumstances.’

I mentioned that when I was being shown around, a senior member of the crew explained one set was Prince Philip’s private rooms.

There was a corridor leading to another bedroom.

‘That’s the tunnel of love,’ the person said, adding that it lead to the Queen’s private chambers.

Daldry confirmed ‘the tunnel of love’, but insisted: ‘We’re not portraying anything that hasn’t been said in biographies.

‘You do see Philip in pyjamas, and there is a bare royal bottom. They were a very passionate couple. One doesn’t want to be lurid or indiscreet in any way, but you also want to get a sense of how much in love with each other they were.’

Matt smith was even more circumspect, and said he wasn’t sure if the royal bottom would survive editing.

‘I think what will come through is that they are real soul mates,’ said smith, who will also portray the Duke of edinburgh in season two.

But, smith told me, his Philip is not the prince of gaffes, as we sometimes see him today.

‘There’s more to him than that,’ he said. ‘I think he’s quite a complex man really. His mother was estranged, his sister died in a plane crash and his father was busy in Monaco. Then his career in the Navy was taken away when elizabeth’s father died and she became Queen.

‘It’s very odd when you start walking two steps behind your wife.’

Smith said he would not describe himself as a royalist (‘I like how bizarre and interesting they are’) but admitted that since working on The Crown he has found himself feeling ‘more affectionate towards them’.

Several members of the cast and creative team had similar stories of discovering new levels of admiration for the Queen and Philip since embarking on the dramas, which were shot here and in south Africa.

Executive producer Andrew eaton said he found himself crying when watching Foy in the Coronation scenes. ‘I thought: “What do I find that’s so emotional?” And I think it’s mostly about this country, and what’s great about it.’

He remembered watching the Queen the week after the July 7 bombings in London. ‘she stood under the archway in Horse guards with her handbag, and I got this sense from her of: “This is our country. Don’t f*** with me.”

‘That’s our Queen. she’s always had our back.’

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The Crown – Scans from the August 2016 issue of Vogue UK

Styled by Vogue fashion editor Verity Parker for the issue, the cast of The Crown gather in exquisite creations evoking the era. Elie Saab Haute Couture, Zuhair Murad Couture, Ralph & Russo, and Chanel Haute Couture all feature in the beautiful 10-page shoot.

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Netlfix series The Crown gives Claire Foy new respect for The Queen

By Rebecca English for MailOnline

Having starred in Wolf Hall, actress Claire Foy is more than used to time travelling for her roles.

The actress’ latest incarnation is likely to be her most challenging role yet – taking on the part of a youthful Queen Elizabeth during the early decades of her marriage to Prince Philip.

Dr Who actor Matt Smith plays the Duke of Edinburgh in Peter Morgan’s much anticipated new series The Crown, which documents the couple’s relationship from November 1947 to the Suez Crisis of 1956.

Writer Morgan, of course, earned plaudits for The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, and this time teams up with The Audience’s Stephen Daldry for what has been described as a ‘meticulously researched’ and sumptuous series.

Vogue magazine has printed a series of exclusive pictures with the cast, snapped by photographer du jour Jason Bell, who also photographed Prince George’s christening.

The ten-part drama doesn’t shy away from the grim realities of life, however: including showing a scene in which the Queen’s late father, King George VI, coughs up blood into his toilet bowl.

He died from lung cancer in 1952, propelling his eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, onto the throne in her twenties.

The series also shows one of his daughter’s (it is not yet clear which) seeing his body embalmed, which might cause some upset among viewers.

Scenes were filmed both at Elstree Studios and at some of the magnificent stately homes in the country: Hatfield House, Lancaster House, Loseley Park, Wrotham Park and Englefield.

The beautiful period costumes are the handiwork of Michele Clapton, who also designs the costumes for Game of Thrones.

The Queen is sensitively portrayed by Wolf Hall star Claire Foy, who is said to have captured the transition from carefree young princess, to mother and, then Queen, beautifully. Continue reading Netlfix series The Crown gives Claire Foy new respect for The Queen

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Claire Foy fitted filming for drama about Her Majesty around her baby’s feeding schedule

By Sebastian Shakespeare for the Daily Mail

Tracing the life of the Queen from her wedding in 1947 to the present day was always going to be a daunting challenge for the makers of TV drama The Crown, but its leading lady had another complication.

Claire Foy – who plays Her Majesty – had to fit her filming commitments around her own baby’s feeding schedule.

‘Claire was breastfeeding, her chaperones were constantly rushing off to bring bottles to supplement her, and the whole schedule was shot around her timing for the breast feeding,’ says animal trainer Luke Cornell, who worked on scenes in South Africa. ‘It was crazy.’

In the drama, which begins on Netflix this autumn, South Africa doubles as Kenya, where the young Princess Elizabeth was staying with Prince Philip when she learnt that her father had died.

Cornell adds: ‘I used two of my cheetahs with Claire, about 25 metres from her, and she was really terrified, but I constantly assured her it’s not dangerous.’

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Last laugh for Wolf Hall as it wins best lighting Bafta nomination

Wolf Hall is up for best photography and lighting at the Bafta television craft awards, despite a row over gloomy scenes

By Hannah Furness, Arts Correspondent

The makers of Wolf Hall have had the last laugh in the debate over their use of authentic candles in filming, as they are nominated for best lighting at the Bafta Television Craft Awards.

Gavin Finney was nominated for best photography and lighting for the BBC period drama, going up against The Frankenstein Chronicles, Fortitude and London Spy.

The nomination will be a moment of jubilation for the team, after the drama, broadcast last year, was initially blighted by audience complaints about its lighting. Continue reading Last laugh for Wolf Hall as it wins best lighting Bafta nomination

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John Lithgow in Winchester for shooting of £100m series The Crown

By Michael Carr

FILMING of a £100m TV series continues in Winchester today – and a Hollywood star has been spotted enjoying a roast dinner in a local pub.

Winchester has been awash with activity as cameras rolled into the city and streets were transformed to look like wartime Britain.

And Hollywood star John Lithgow has been seen on set and having a meal in the Wykeham Arms.

The American veteran plays Winston Churchill in The Crown, a Netflix series costing more than any other in British history. Continue reading John Lithgow in Winchester for shooting of £100m series The Crown

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“Rosewater” Posters & Still, “The Crown” Stills & French language article on “Wolf Hall”

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Claire Foy (La petite Dorrit) : « J’étais persuadée que la production allait me remplacer pendant le tournage »

Arte rediffuse l’intégrale de la série britannique La petite Dorrit ce jeudi 24 décembre à partir de 20h55 jusqu’à 4 heures du matin. La fiction en huit épisodes est principalement portée par Claire Foy (Crossbones). Lors de sa diffusion en 2008 outre-Manche, l’’acrice s’est souvienu où elle était quand elle a appris qu’elle avait obtenu le rôle-titre dans La petite Dorrit lors d’un entretien accordé à BBC.

L’actrice a rappelé, « Je marchais dans le hall d’entrée du Théâtre National quand je l’ai découvert, je ne pouvais pas vraiment sauter de joie car les gens m’auraient regardé un peu bizarrement ! Je suis absolument ravie. Mais je ne pouvais vraiment y croire. Quand nous avons commencé le tournage, j’étais persuadée que la production allait me remplacer ».

Concernant son personnage, elle a admis, « Extérieurement, Amy est une personne très timide, comme une souris, elle est très calme par rapport à tous ces autres personnages exubérants dans la série. Mais à l’intérieur, elle est cette une personne merveilleusement forte. Elle est également totalement désintéressée et sait exactement ce qui doit être fait pour les bonnes raisons ».

Au cœur de La Petite Dorrit, l’histoire d’amour entre Amy et Arthur est poignante. Pour Claire Foy, Amy « apprécie vraiment les gens de bonne nature, c’est pourquoi elle tombe amoureuse d’Arthur. Elle ne croyait pas que quelqu’un puisse être si gentil avec elle, mais finalement elle l’accepte ».

La petite Dorrit est à retrouver ce jeudi 24 décembre à partir de 20h55 sur Arte.

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Peter Kosminsky: ‘I thought I was a very odd choice for Wolf Hall’

Wolf Hall is No 2 in our end-of-year roundup. Here, the director talks about his nerves on showing Hilary Mantel the rough cuts, filming the most powerful moment of his career, and spending £30,000 on beeswax candles

Chitra Ramaswamy

Congratulations … Wolf Hall is up for three Golden Globes and is many people’s TV series of the year. Are you surprised that a slow, spare, complex, candlelit story about the Tudors, with an ending we already knew, has proved such a hit?

The scale of the audience surprised me. When we started, Wolf Hall was a fairly esoteric project. It was always going to be demanding: slow, political, with a lot of talking and not much action. I thought it would attract a small audience and was completely unprepared when we broke BBC2 box-office records and peaked at an audience of six million.

What do people continue to say to you about it?

The execution of Anne Boleyn – the last 10 minutes of the series – seems to have had a huge impact. I’ve been making television for 35 years and I can’t think of anything I’ve shot that was so powerful to make and that translated to the audience in this way. Continue reading Peter Kosminsky: ‘I thought I was a very odd choice for Wolf Hall’

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Claire Foy looks remarkably similar to Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day – 15 Nov 2015

She appeared to be having a spot of bother with the oversized, full-skirted gown, which is almost exactly the same as the one Queen Elizabeth walked down the aisle in at Westminster Abbey with Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh over half a century ago.

With one arm encased in the protective case, she was forced to walk across the pavement with the skirt lifted in her other hand.

The brunette actress also had her hair in the same style as the Queen on her wedding day, while her head was adorned with the same sparkling crown and veil.

As well as the bulky blue sling, Claire lifted up the heavy layered skirts to reveal her very modern brown flat boots, which would otherwise be hidden away during filming.

She did, however, remove the sling on her arm as she commenced with the shoot.

It was previously reported that every detail on the monarch’s iconic Norman Hartnell-designed dress – a duchesse satin bridal gown with motifs of star lilies and orange blossoms – would be included in the new version of the dress, to make the occasion look as authentic as possible.

Claire – best known for her roles in Wolf Hall and Little Dorrit – is starring as the royal in the hotly-anticipated new series, alongside Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith as her husband, Prince Phillip.

And Saturday’s filming appeared as lavish as one could expect, with a horse-drawn carriage, two white steeds and extras clad in regal and military costumes all present and correct to bring back to life one of the most famous weddings of the 20th century.

Her Majesty’s wedding in 1947 was presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury and broadcast by BBC radio to more than 200 million people globally.

So the expensive new TV effort will be hoping recreate the hype, the fervour and the glamour of the big day itself.

Filming for the ceremony has already taken place in Ely, Cambridgeshire – the local cathedral acting as Westminster Abbey – with Claire spotted with eight extras as her bridesmaids.

The series focuses on Buckingham Palace and Downing Street as it follows the story of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding day in 1947 to the modern day.

Another famous face among the cast is Hollywood star John Lithgow, who has been seen shooting scenes as Sir Winston Churchill.

All the stops have been pulled out to ensure the new Netflix Originals series, spanning 60 episodes across six seasons, is a success.

A reported $100million is being ploughed into the show, which will trace the life of the Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day.

According to The Telegraph newspaper, The Crown will be the most expensive drama ever made by the US streaming company and its first to be made in the UK.

Billed as the ‘the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street,’ the series promises a look at the intrigue, love lives and machinations behind the most notable events.

The tagline for the show has a blockbuster ring to it, which promises plenty of excitement, reading: ‘Two houses, two courts, one Crown.’

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Claire Foy: an actor bringing a subtle talent to majestic roles

Her steely, understated approach won praise when playing Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall and now Foy is taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in a new drama

Emine Saner

Some castings seem so obvious in retrospect. Pictures released this week show Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day in 1947, and just as you cannot picture the older Elizabeth as anyone other than Helen Mirren, when The Crown, an ambitious 60-part Netflix drama, comes out next year, the younger version will probably be forever linked with Foy.

It is not just in the facial similarities; they both have the same tiny physical stature, but with a steely, slightly terrifying core, a thousand words summed up in a single glance.

She is not, of course, Foy’s first queen. As Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s recent stunning adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Foy had some of the best reviews of her career. Until Wolf Hall, she had been working steadily, but without the hype that many young actors at a similar point in their careers would attract. There was something quieter about her approach. She always seemed happier to be getting interesting roles, rather than boosting her own profile or becoming a ‘star ’. Her private life – she is married to the actor Stephen Campbell Moore and they recently had their first child – was similarly low key, and hardly tabloid fodder.

In interviews, she has said she is not interested in trying to break Hollywood and has never been comfortable being photographed: “I’m too conscious of looking like a dick. That’s the difference between a star and a normal person. I’ve never been someone who walks into a room and people gasp.” She is “not fussed” about exposure: “I’m never going to be a film star and I’m not chasing it. I’m very happy playing interesting parts.” It is an attitude that will work in her favour in the long run, though The Crown will almost certainly catapult her into another level of fame. Continue reading Claire Foy: an actor bringing a subtle talent to majestic roles

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The Queen’s 1947 wedding recreated for Netflix show

20 AUGUST 2015

When the Queen – then Princess Elizabeth – and Prince Philip married in November 1947, thousands of well-wishers lined Westminster Abbey in London to catch the first glimpse of the newlyweds. In the streets of Ely, Cambridgeshire earlier this week, a similar scene was re-enacted.

Hundreds of passers-by watched as filming for The Crown, a new show airing on Netflix next year, brought the city to a standstill.

Actress Claire Foy, who plays the Queen, was spotted wearing the royal’s replica white satin wedding gown, which featured a flowing train and a matching veil. She completed her bridal look with a glittering tiara and a double strand of pearls.

The actress was filmed stepping out of a gold horse-drawn carriage and entering Ely Cathedral, which was used as a stand-in for Westminster Abbey.

She was joined by her co-stars – her eight bridesmaids and two page boys – and former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, who plays her husband Prince Philip.

The Queen, who was 21 at the time, had eight bridesmaids including her sister Princess Margaret

No expense was spared in the filming for the new 10-part series, which follows the life of the Queen from her wedding to the present day. From a replica Irish State Coach to pretend 1940s newspaper photographers, every detail was arranged to make the occasion look as authentic as possible.

Netflix is said to be staking £100 million on the new show, but in real fact, the Queen married during a time of high austerity. Her nuptials took place just two years after WWII had finished when rationing was still in place.

The Queen, who married two years after the end of the war, saved up ration coupons for her wedding dress

Ahead of the wedding, Elizabeth, who was 21 at the time, saved up ration coupons to pay for the material for her Norman Hartnell gown and excited women from around the country sent the Princess extra coupons. However, she graciously returned them and, like other brides, was allowed an extra 200 by the government.

Her sister Princess Margaret and her cousins Princess Alexandra of Kent and Lady Mary Cambridge acted as bridesmaids, while royals from Spain, Norway, Greece, Denmark and the Netherlands attended the ceremony.

Hundreds of well-wishers waited outside Westminster Abbey in the hope of seeing the newlyweds, while thousands more lined the Mall and Buckingham Palace. The ceremony was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio to 200 million people around the world.

The Crown will feature 60 episodes over six series. It will focus on the inside story of Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street and the tagline reads, “Two houses, two courts, one Crown”.

Protagonists Claire and Matt will play the Queen and Prince Philip for the first two series, after which producers will decide if they want to cast older actors or use make-up and prosthetics to play the royals in their later years.

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