Majestic first look at The Crown season two

Burden or privilege? Claire Foy and Matt Smith in a scene from season two of The Crown.
Burden or privilege? Claire Foy and Matt Smith in a scene from season two of The Crown. Netflix

NETFLIX has just released the first trailer for season two of The Crown and it is spine-tinglingly good.

It's been far too long since we last saw the majestic Claire Foy as a young Queen Elizabeth II - actually, it's only been nine months but it feels so much longer. And now we finally have a date for the next installment: December 8.

After the first season wowed audiences with its beautifully composed shots, stunning art direction and incredible performances, season two is going to have to step it up. And from what you can see in the 90-second trailer, it has.

The video hints at some of the challenges Elizabeth faces in season two, struggling to find the right balance between public duty and her personal needs.

It doesn't look like she's having an easy time of it.

She says in the trailer: "I've learnt more about humiliation in the past few weeks than I hoped I would in a lifetime."

Cut to shots of Philip carrying on with wild(ish) abandon, followed by a voiceover from Lord Mountbatten, the Duke's uncle, "You married a wild spirit, trying to tame him is no use."

Personal problems aren't the only tests Elizabeth comes up against with references to the fickleness of her prime ministers in the first decade of her reign. She says that she's had three prime ministers in 10 years and "not one has lasted the course".

Um, what must ol' Lizzie think of Australia's revolving door?!

To top it off, her sister Princess Margaret appears to be tabloid fodder again as we see glimpses of her relationship with Lord Snowden (perennial British heart-throb Matthew Goode, yum). We also get a fleeting look at Michael C. Hall's portrayal of John F. Kennedy.

The burdens for Elizabeth are many, and the strain in her marriage is also all too apparent.

Phillip says to her: "It never stops, not for a minute, but isn't it possible that among all those problems, there are some of us who are there for you no matter what?"

Her dry reply? "If only".

Ouch. Owned.

The first season of The Crown is a frontrunner to sweep the Emmy Awards in a month's time, with the series nominated for 10 awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Claire Foy. Its fiercest competition comes from dystopian drama The Handmaid's Tale and its lead Elisabeth Moss.

The Crown season two will be released on Netflix from December 8 at 7pm AEDT.

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