After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the cast and crew of Netflix’s The Crown, who was in the middle of shooting the show’s 6th season, stopped filming. After suspending the filming for 1 day to pay respect to the long-reigning monarch, the crew resumed filming the next day. However, there will be no filming on the day of the Queen’s funeral (September 19) as a mark of respect.
It is unknown whether the show will incorporate the Queen’s death into its plot, but we know that the last season will focus on the disintegration of Charles and Diana’s marriage. Whether the Queen’s passing away is incorporated into the show or not, we are sure the last 2 seasons will be as incredible as the previous ones. The series owes its success so its plot, costumes, acting performances, and locations.
Significantly, a particular interest has been growing in The Crown filming locations as viewers want to find out where all the places they see on the screen are. Here are the best The Crown filming locations and in which scenes we saw them.
1. Belvoir Castle
Belvoir Castle is one of the filming locations of the show. Several of its interior rooms were used to replicate Windsor Castle since the real castle couldn’t be used for filming for the 1st 3 seasons of the series. Belvoir Castle is located in Leicestershire, England, and is the seat of David Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland. The Manners still use 1 corner of the castle, but the other parts have been used in various films and TV shows, including The Da Vinci Code (2006) and The Haunting (1999).
As we mentioned, The Crown used the castle as a stand-in for Windsor Castle, but the 1991 movie King Ralph, for instance, used it as a stand-in for Buckingham Palace.
2. Old Royal Naval College
One of the most spectacular The Crown filming locations is the Old Royal Naval College, which the series used to re-create the exterior of Buckingham Palace. It is situated in Greenwich, London, and is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The films that were shot in this location include Enola Holmes (2020), Darkest Hour (2017), Holmes and Watson (2018), and more.
3. Ely Cathedral
In The Crown‘s 1st episode, Ely Cathedral, in Cambridgeshire, was used as a stand-in for Westminster Abbey for the wedding scene of Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Lt. Philip Mountbatten (later Duke of Edinburgh). The couple’s actual wedding took place in Westminster Abbey, London, in 1947. But the series used Ely Cathedral to replicate the interiors of the famous Westminster Abbey, which was also the famous wedding place of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Ely Cathedral is also seen in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).
4. Buckingham Palace
You will be shocked to know that the Netflix series wasn’t allowed to film at Buckingham Palace. So, we see a combination of different places arranged to look like the famous palace. The palace, for example, was doubled by Lancaster House, a mansion in London, and Wilton House, in Wiltshire, England. So, we could see the real palace in neither season of the series; we don’t think we’ll be able to see it in The Crown Season 5 either.
Highgrove House is Charles III’s family residence. He used to share it with Princes Diana but now he shares it with Camila, Queen consort. In the series, just like Buckingham Palace, real Highgrove House couldn’t be used. The perfect Somerley House in Hampshire, England, was chosen as a stand-in. The series showed the building as Charles and Diana’s country estate. The building also appeared in another famous Netflix series, Bridgerton (2020- ).
6. Windsor Castle
As mentioned above, Windsor Castle was doubled by Belvoir Castle since the actual building does not allow filming. But that was not the only building used to replicate Windsor Castle. The 16-century Burghley House in Lincolnshire was also used by the cast and crew of the Netflix series. The actual castle was the primary residence of Queen Elizabeth II for the last 11 years.
7. Gatcombe Park
The last of The Crown filming locations on our list is Gatcombe Park, which is currently the house of Princess Anne. In the series, the house was doubled by Wrotham Park, a country house in Hertfordshire, England. Wrotham Park appears in many movies and series, including Jane Eyre (2011), Great Expectations (2012), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), The Gentleman (2019), and Bridgerton (2020- ).