How Many Years The Crown Season 6 Covers (& Why It Stops In 2004)


  • The Crown season 6 covers the years 1997-2004 and will be divided into two parts, with part 1 already streaming on Netflix.
  • The first part focuses on Princess Diana’s final months and her tragic death, as well as the aftermath and Queen Elizabeth’s criticism.
  • The second part of season 6 will cover events such as Prince Charles’ wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles and the early stages of Prince William’s romance with Kate Middleton.

Peter Morgan’s historical drama, The Crown, has returned to Netflix for its sixth and final season, covering the royal family’s story through 2004. The Netflix series’ final outing has been divided into two parts to separate the major events that happened in the British royal family in the late 1990s and early 2000s, a period with a high impact on the British monarchy. After two seasons filled with drama between Prince Charles (Dominic West) and Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki), The Crown season 6 will reach its pinnacle and cover Diana’s final months and her tragic passing. It will also start looking toward the future, with grown-up versions of Prince William (Ed McVey) and Prince Harry (Luther Ford).

Netflix’s acclaimed TV show follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, with The Crown using three actresses to portray the Queen across the six seasons’ various eras. Seasons 1 and 2 spanned from 1947 to 1964, with Claire Foy playing a younger Queen Elizabeth and Matt Smith as her husband, Prince Philip. Seasons 3 and 4 had Olivia Colman as the Queen and Tobias Menzies joining her as Philip, following the events between 1964 and 1977. In season 5, Imelda Staunton took over the role of the Monarch alongside Jonathan Pryce’s Philip, with the events spanning from 1991 to 1997. The Crown season 6 continues the story with season 5’s cast returning, concluding its timeline around 2004 or 2005.

The Crown Season 6 Covers 8 Years In The Royal Family’s Story

The Crown season 6 takes place between 1997 and 2004

The Crown season 6 will cover the years between 1997 and 2004 or 2005. Unlike previous outings, the Netflix show’s final season will be split into two uneven parts. The first part debuted on November 16 with four total episodes, covering Princess Diana’s final months and up to her death on August 31, 1997. Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed were tragically killed in a car crash in Paris while chased by paparazzi. The series also includes the aftermath of her crash and the criticism the Queen received for staying out of sight.

The show’s creator Peter Morgan confirmed when season 6 of The Crown will end: twenty years from the present day, ending the series somewhere in 2004 or 2005. The Crown season 6, part 2 will spread over six episodes, spanning several years after Princess Diana’s death, including events such as Prince William’s return to Eton, Prince Charles’ 2005 wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles (Olivia Williams), Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, and the early stages of Prince William’s romance with Kate Middleton (Meg Bellamy), who would become his wife.

The Crown Ending In 2004 Gives The Show A Historical Buffer To Today

The Crown’s timeline ending 20 years before today keeps its drama in the past

Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, and Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown Edited

There have been multiple questions about when the events in The Crown would stop. Morgan told Vanity Fair that he wanted to “end the series with enough distance where we are today that it should still feel like history.” The last 20 years have been eventful for the British royal family, and The Crown won’t tell a lot of stories from this period, including Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton, the birth of their three children, Prince Harry’s marriage with Meghan Markle and their exit from their role as working members of the royal family, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s deaths, and Prince Charles’ coronation – just to name a few.

However, The Crown ending its timeline 20 years before today is the best option for its finale. That way, it’s still close enough to be considered recent history, while also maintaining a certain distance from the drama in the past. This is especially important given the events of the historical drama are loosely based on reality, and the series has received plenty of backlash for how it handled several important moments throughout its six seasons. With no season 7 in sight for The Crown, the show still has a lot of important moments to cover, and the series’ final season is sure to deliver quality drama.

The Crown season 6, part 1 is now streaming on Netflix. Part 2 will end the series on December 14, 2023.

Source: Vanity Fair

  • The Crown TV Series Netflix

    The Crown

    Release Date:

    Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, Matt Smith, Tobias Menzies, Jonathan Pryce, Vanessa Kirby, Helena Bonham Carter, Lesley Manville, Victoria Hamilton, Marion Bailey, Marcia Warren

    Main Genre:

    Biography, Drama, History




    This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

    As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided.


    Stuart Howell, Adriano Goldman

    Peter Morgan


    Main Characters:
    Peter Townsend, Prince Philip, Anthony Eden, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Queen Mary, Prince Charles, Princess Margaret

    Andy Stebbing, Martin Harrison, Michael Casey, Andrew Eaton, Oona O’Beirn, Faye Ward

    Production Company:
    Sony Pictures Television, Left Bank Pictures

    Sfx Supervisor:
    John Smith, Chris Stoaling

    Peter Morgan

    Number of Episodes:

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