WATCH: Netflix Releases Trailer, Photos, and Premiere Date for ‘The Crown’ Season 2

Netflix’s British royal drama The Crown is set to return for its second season on Friday, Dec. 8, it was announced today.

The series, created by The Queen‘s Peter Morgan and based on his award-winning play The Audience, tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as the order established after World War II breaks apart.

The second season begins with soldiers in the British Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt and ends with the downfall of the Queen’s third prime minister, Harold Macmillan, after a devastating scandal. The season explores the end of the age of deference and beginning of the 1960s revolutions.

While Claire Foy and Matt Smith return as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, respectively, John Lithgow will not be reprising his award-winning turn as Winston Churchill in the show’s second season, which was announced before the first season premiered last November.

Matthew Goode and Michael C. Hall are among the cast additions for The Crown‘s second season.

Downton Abbey and Good Wife alum Goode plays Antony Armstrong-Jones, better known as Lord Snowdon, the society photographer and husband to Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret.

Hall plays John F. Kennedy alongside Jodi Balfour’s first lady Jackie.

Margaret arrives at Tony’s studio
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(L to R) Elizabeth, Adeane, Philip
Elizabeth and Philip return from the world tour
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(L to R) Prince Philip, Elizabeth
Philip and Elizabeth share an intimate moment
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(The Crown / Courtesy of Netflix)

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Hilary Lewis