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The Crown: First look at Olivia Colman's new Queen

Olivia Colman as the Queen Image copyright Netflix
Image caption Olivia Colman takes over the role of Elizabeth II in the next two seasons of The Crown

The first picture of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix drama The Crown has been revealed to fans.

The royal show's Twitter account published the image of Colman in character, drinking tea while dressed in a pale pink suit and a pearl necklace, with the teasing message "Patience".

The star of Broadchurch and The Night Manager takes over from Claire Foy, who portrays the Queen from her engagement to Prince Philip in 1947 to 1963.

Colman will be in series three and four, the first of which will air in 2019.

Claire Foy with Matt Smith in The Crown Image copyright Netflix
Image caption Foy played the Queen during the early years of her reign, alongside Matt Smith who played Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II smiling just before the end of her first Christmas Day television speech to the nation in 1957 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The behind-the-scenes of the Queen's first televised Christmas address in 1957 was featured in The Crown
Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II Image copyright Alex Bailey / Netflix
Image caption Claire Foy portrayed the Queen between 1947 and 1963

Last year Colman said she was "so thrilled" to play the Queen, adding that Foy would be an "incredibly hard act to follow".

It is not yet known how much of the Queen's life she will cover, or who may take over from her should further seasons be confirmed.

Queen Elizabeth II (2nd left) and Prime Minister Edward Heath (left) with US President Richard Nixon and his wife at Chequers Image copyright PA
Image caption The Queen meeting US President Richard Nixon (2nd right) in 1970 could feature in the upcoming seasons

Colman is not the only actor taking over an already established character in the Netflix hit.

Tobias Menzies will step into the role of Prince Philip, who was played by Matt Smith, and Helena Bonham Carter takes over as Princess Margaret from Vanessa Kirby.

Prince Philip and Tobias Menzies Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Menzies (right) replaces Matt Smith in the role of Prince Philip
Helena Bonham Carter and Princess Margaret Image copyright Getty Images/BBC
Image caption Bonham Carter said she was "terrified" about playing Princess Margaret, pictured here in 1997

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