Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown season 3

Olivia certainly embodies the famous monarch in the image - clad in a smart pale pink jacket and a string of pearls.

The image Netflix released features Colman as the Queen, drinking tea and eating some very British toast with marmalade. Colman, who slips into the shoes of award-winning actress Claire Foy, is seen in the picture captioned "Patience".

After two hugely successful seasons of playing HRH Queen Elizabeth, Claire Foy now steps away from the role that catapulted her career to new heights.

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In a statement about her casting, Bonham Carter said she was "terrified" about following in her footsteps. "I was utterly gripped watching it. She's an incredibly hard act to follow", Colman said. "I will miss the actors, and I will just feel forever grateful and privileged that I got to play this part and be a part of this show". She follows Claire Foy and will star in seasons three and and four of the big budget drama. They are expected to play Prince Philip and Princess Margaret, respectively. In fact, all the main characters, including Vanessa Kirby, Matt Smith and more, were replaced with new actors for The Crown season 3 and 4. Foy played the role in the first two seasons of the Netflix drama.

The second season of the show has taken over this year's Emmys as it has received 13 nominations in total.

According to Suzanne Mackie, a producer on the show, the latest series "will introduce Camilla Parker Bowles, who Prince Charles met at a polo match in 1971", Good Housekeeping reports.

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  • Michelle Webb