The Crown scenes so real it's like yesterday

From shy Di to eighties fashion superstar: How The Crown’s Emma Corrin perfectly captures the princess in TV scenes so real it’s like yesterday

  • The Crown returns to our screens next month with a roller coaster season four
  • Actress Emma Corrin is as uncannily photogenic as the Diana she portrays
  • From the head-tilting era of ‘Shy Di’ hiding under her fringe to the power dresses of the late Eighties and ‘Dynasty Di’, she captures the Princess’s style perfectly

Next month The Crown returns to our TV screens and, after a lacklustre season three, get set for a right royal roller coaster. 

For the latest in the hit Netflix series plants us firmly in recent history with Mrs Thatcher in Downing Street and Princess Diana in the Palace.

And for many fans it is the moment they have been waiting for with the introduction of 24-year-old Emma Corrin, as uncannily photogenic as the Diana she portrays. From the head-tilting era of ‘Shy Di’ hiding under her fringe to the power dresses of the late Eighties and ‘Dynasty-Di’, she captures the Princess’s style perfectly.

Whether she expresses her emotions and her spirit remains to be seen. The series spans the Thatcher years from 1979 to 1990, and while the great events of the decade are all there — from the miners’ strike to the Falklands War — they are merely a backdrop to Charles and Diana’s story, from their head-over-heels romance to their bitter break-up…

DIANA THE INGENUE 

Introducing nursery school assistant and royal girlfriend lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin), barely 19 when she starts dating the heir to the throne in 1980

THRUST INTO THE PUBLIC EYE 

The romance between ‘action man’ Charles and the aristocratic lady Di seizes the nation’s imagination. It meant a daily – friendly – gauntlet of photographers outside her Earls Court home

Just like real life: The real Diana chats to Mailman Howard Foster with photographers nearby 

THE BLOSSOMING ROYAL ROMANCE 

Charles (played here by Josh O’Connor) famously did not know what being ‘in love means’, but there is no mistaking the tender look in his fiancee’s eyes

RING FIT FOR A PRINCESS… AND ADMIRED BY CAMILLA 

Not the most conventional of engagements, as Diana is asked to choose from a box of rings proffered by the white-gloved Crown jeweller as the Queen (again played by Olivia Colman) and Charles look on proudly

And who’s that admiring the 12carat sapphire and surrounding diamonds? Future love rival Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell)

Diana, in her signature pie crust collar, admires her new engagement ring from Charles

ON THE THRESHOLD OF HISTORY 

Blushing bride? No, but a very nervous one who took her vows in a dress with a 25ft train and in front of a global TV audience of 750 million

THE QUEEN OF EIGHTIES FASHION 


From shy Princess to fashion icon, Diana’s every outfit was front-page news and a style sensation. The Crown’s wardrobe department has once again triumphed

Another dazzling look from The Crown’s Diana as she joins Prince Charles at an event

MARRIAGE MELTDOWN

Behind the public image of the happy couple all was not well. Plagued by the eating disorder bulimia and her suspicions at the continuing presence of Camilla in her husband’s life, the fairytale marriage was unravelling with rows and rancour

STEADFAST IN ADVERSITY  

For the Queen a decade that had begun with such promise was fast disintegrating with her unable to stem the tide of marital misery

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