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Late Queen in tears over the woman she ‘left behind’ in The Crown trailer

Imelda Staunton as Elizabeth II in The Crown
Imelda Staunton as Elizabeth II in The Crown - Netflix

Elizabeth II is shown in tears over the woman and life she “left behind” to become monarch in the final instalment of The Crown.

In the second and final trailer for the sixth season of the Netflix show about the Royal family, the late Queen is seen becoming emotional as she reflects on what she gave up for the monarchy ahead of her Golden Jubilee.

Imelda Staunton, who plays the monarch, is seen with tears in her eyes and a quivering chin as she asks: “What about the life I put aside? The woman I put aside when I became Queen?”

A flashback of a youthful and doting Elizabeth II and Prince Philip driving in a convertible car while abroad are then shown, in an apparent suggestion of the freedom the late Queen had to give up after ascending to the throne at the age of 25.

The final six episodes of the series, which will be released on Dec 14, depict the Royal family coming to terms with the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, and Prince William’s time at Eton and St Andrew’s University as well as his budding relationship with Kate Middleton.

It will also chart the progression of the relationship between the then Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, ending on the “uplifting” note of their marriage in 2005.

The series’ final episode shows the Queen reflecting on her reign and her legacy following  the death of her sister, Princess Margaret, and her mother, as well as the 2002 Jubilee and the approval of Charles’s second marriage.

As the monarch approaches her ninth decade, she is seen examining what might be best for the future of the monarchy.

The final series of the award-winning show has been released in two parts, the first focused on the blossoming relationship between Diana and Dodi Fayed and the “devastating consequences” of their deaths.

‘Keep smiling’

The trailer for the second part opens with an official picture being taken of the whole family, during which William is told to “keep smiling”. He is seen with his brother and father amid an outpouring of love from the British public while they grieved the loss of Diana.

“I’m afraid we don’t do fathers and sons very well in this family,” Dominic West, playing Prince Charles, is heard saying after he was urged to be there for his two sons.

The series also depicts the waning popularity of the monarchy in the wake of Diana’s death, with the Queen urging “existential questions” to be asked of the Firm, as well as the rise of Tony Blair, the former prime minister.

The new season will also recreate the “knockout” moment when Kate Middleton caught a young Prince William’s eye in a see-through dress at a fashion show in St Andrew’s.

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