But how do they compare to the real deal? Let’s take a closer look at some photographs from the time…
Does Olivia Colman look like Queen Elizabeth?
Costume designers may have modelled Olivia Colman’s debut royal outfit from this portrait of Elizabeth II in her office in 1970, titled “Royal Globetrotter”. Colman looks pretty convincing as the monarch, though if anything her hair isn’t quite tall enough…
Netflix revealed its first look at new actor Tobias Menzies in costume as Prince Philip at the end of August 2018. The picture of the real Prince Philip on the left was taken during a formal event in Malta in 1967, which falls right in the time frame for series three. It’s an impressive likeness – even if Menzies doesn’t quite have the nose to match the Duke of Edinburgh’s. The Crown’s costume department have also clearly been closely researching Prince Philip’s weighty collection of medals.
You have to admit, it’s a pretty good likeness! Prince Charles has posed for many awkward photographs in his time and the one on the left marks his 18th birthday, in 1966.
Does Marion Bailey look like the Queen Mother?
The Queen Mother was born in 1900 when Victoria was still on the throne. Here she is at the age of 66, to Marion Bailey’s 67 – and looking at their photographs next to each other, you can see why they cast her.
Does Helena Bonham Carter look like Princess Margaret?
In most photographs from this era Princess Margaret can be seen smiling – but who knows what kind of haughty glares she gave behind closed doors, as we see in this first image of Helena Bonham Carter. Certainly the Queen’s sister loved her eyeliner and lipstick – and a bit of bling.
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