The Crown: Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki seen as Prince Charles and Diana for first time in new images

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First-look images of Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki portraying Prince Charles and Princess Diana in the next season of The Crown have been revealed by Netflix.

The Wire and The Affair actor West takes over from Josh O'Connor, while Debicki, star of The Night Manager and Tenet, replaces Emma Corrin, for the upcoming fifth series of the lavish royal drama.

West's Charles is pictured outdoors, looking out of the shot with one hand in the pocket of an olive-coloured suit. The photograph of Debicki as Diana shows her with the princess's signature short hairstyle and wearing a pale pink sleeveless top, looking deep in thought as a letter rests on her lap.

The Crown dramatises the story of the Royal Family from the Queen's wedding in 1947, with different stars playing the royals through the years.

After two series of playing the Queen, Oscar winner Olivia Colman is stepping down and Imelda Staunton is set to take the reins.

She was seen in character for the first time in July, in a photograph in which she is carrying the monarch's famous black handbag.

Images have yet to be released of Trainspotting star Jonny Lee Miller, who joins the cast as Prime Minister Sir John Major.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Pryce will replace Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh and Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret, following in the footsteps of Helena Bonham Carter.

Season four covered the 1980s, and season five is expected to progress into the 21st century.

The drama was initially due to end after the fifth series, but creator and writer Peter Morgan has since confirmed there will be a sixth outing.

A release date for the new season has not been confirmed but it is reportedly not due to air until 2022.

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