A new royal will wear The Crown for Season 3 and 4 of the Netflix series.
Actress Olivia Colman will play Queen Elizabeth for the third and fourth seasons of the award-winning series about the British monarch’s long reign.
Publicists for the show confirmed Friday that Colman will star, taking over from Claire Foy.
Foy won a Golden Globe this year for portraying the young Elizabeth, thrust into the role of Queen by the death of her father King George VI in 1952.
She has said that Season 2, due for release in December, will be her last.
Fans of the show took to Twitter to welcome Colman to the series.
In case you missed late last night, they’ve cast Olivia Colman as Elizabeth II for The Crown Season 3 & 4 and genuinely bloody hell yes.
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) October 27, 2017
— Robert Kessler (@robertkessler) October 26, 2017
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) October 26, 2017
Thrilled that there’s gonna be 3 more seasons of @TheCrownNetflix! Excited to see Olivia Coleman’s portrayal of the Queen too!
— Ross Williams (@fross2) October 27, 2017
Why isn't my tl screaming in joy it's BLOODY OLIVIA COLMAN AS ELIZABETH II pic.twitter.com/osIZ2YXR3S
— becks (@stellaswinslet) October 26, 2017
— Nick Burdon (@the_real_nick_b) October 26, 2017
— Joanna RobinSonOfSam (@jowrotethis) October 26, 2017
I'm so happy about Olivia Colman taking on The Crown, she is a genius and she will elevate this whole thing. But who will play crap Philip??
— Alex Trimboli (@Nicole_Cliffe) October 26, 2017
"The Crown is well-crafted, but it won’t sustain my interest beyond a couple of seasons—"
*OLIVIA COLMAN IS CAST*
— Nev Pierce (@nevpierce) October 26, 2017
Season 3, taking Elizabeth into the 1960s, is expected in 2019.
The series, which began its timeline in 1947 and is expected to continue into the present day, will likely see more Elizabeths cast before reaching its series finale.
Season 2 of The Crown will focus on the Queen’s marriage and on a crumbling empire. It will also see the return of Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret. Matthew Goode joins the show as Margaret’s husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones.
Season two of The Crown arrives to Netflix on Dec. 8.
—With files from the Associated Press