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‘The Crown’ Bosses ‘Have A Plan’ If Queen Dies

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Producers of Netflix hit The Crown say they ‘have a plan’ for the show’s production if Queen Elizabeth II dies during filming.

A source told the New York Post that the 96-year-old dying would be ‘particularly pertinent’ and that discussions have been had about how they would proceed.

They said: “Filming will shut down immediately if we are in production, for at least a week. 

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“There would also be lots of discussion about when to restart.”

The show is now on its fifth series, due to air later this year, with Olivia Colman no longer portraying The Queen, and the breakdown of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage being the featured storyline.

The Crown has been a favourite across the globe since its inception in 2016, basing storylines on true historical events.

The last series documented Prince Charles and Diana’s relationship, from the pair meeting in the late 1970s through to their wedding in 1981.

Series Five, which is expected to hit screens this autumn, will see a new cast including Harry Potter star Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II.

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When The Queen passes away in real life, the procedures that follow are known as ‘Operation London Bridge’.

These predetermined procedures include information on how her death will be announced and funeral arrangements.

It is thought that ‘London Bridge Is Down’ will be used as a code phrase when she dies.

These plans were devised in the 1960s, shortly after The Queen’s Coronation, when she took the throne aged 27.

Now 96-year-old, she along with the rest of the country, and the wider Commonwealth, celebrated her Platinum Jubilee to mark 70 years at the helm.

Viewers of the fifth series of The Crown are expected to see dramatic scenes exploring Diana’s bombshell interview with Martin Bashir in 1995 before her death in 1997.

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