While we wait in anticipation for season 2 of The Crown; its release is also slightly bittersweet. It had been confirmed that the vast majority of characters portraying Queen Elizabeth II's life as told through the eyes of Netflix creators would be recast for older actors following season two. Today Variety confirmed that doe-eyed Claire Foy, who has worn the crown so perfectly, has been dethroned and will be replaced by Olivia Coleman for season's 3 and 4 of the royally addictive series.

It has not yet been confirmed who will be replacing Matt Smith, who plays Elizabeth II's bad-boy husband Prince Phillip on the show. One thing is for sure, Coleman has some royally big shoes to fill. Foy was nominated for an Emmy following her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in season 1, and won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance. Coleman has previously starred in Broadchurch and The Night Manager for which she scored an Emmy nomination and won a Golden Globe Award.

Season 2 of The Crown is set to air on Netfilx December 8, and will take place between 1956 and 1964, following the path that lead to the downfall of England's third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, under Elizabeth II's rule.

The Crown: Claire Foy has officially been dethroned