Skip to main content

Home News News World

The Crown season 6 expected to pause production following Queen Elizabeth II’s death

Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday 8 September at Balmoral in Scotland.

By Alastair James

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Netflix and Alamy

The writer behind Netflix’s The Crown has described these series as “a love letter” to Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday (8 September)

Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday that the Queen, the longest-serving UK monarch, had died aged 96 at her Balmoral residence in Scotland. 

In an email message, Peter Morgan, who also wrote the 2006 film The Queen starring Dame Helen Mirren said he expected production on The Crown‘s sixth season to stop for some time.

He wrote, “The Crown is a love letter to her and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect. I expect we will stop filming out of respect too,” as reported by Deadline.

The outlet also reports that Stephen Daldry, who directed some of the show’s earlier episodes, had said there were plans in place should Queen Elizabeth die during the series’ production. 

“None of us know when that time will come but it would be right and proper to show respect to the Queen. It would be a simple tribute and a mark of respect. She’s a global figure and it’s what we should do,” he said back in 2016. 

Claire Foy and Olivia Coleman have both previously played iterations of the Queen with Imelda Staunton taking up the role for the upcoming fifth season. 

Following the announcement of the Queen’s passing, her eldest son Charles will be crowned King and become the head of state and of the Commonwealth.

In a statement yesterday he said: “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.”