The Crown season three is currently being filmed in Wales, and the show will feature a time jump to the 1960s.

The Netflix show will see Olivia Coleman take over from Claire Foy as the Queen and Tobias Menzies will be replacing Matt Smith as Prince Philip.

They are currently shooting a key scene in the Welsh town of Cwmaman which is doubling up as the Welsh mining village of Aberfan.

They are attempting to recreate the 1966 Aberfan disaster in which 116 children and 28 adults were killed after the collapse of a colliery spoil tip caused a devastating avalanche.

The resulting avalanche tragically hit a school in the Welsh village.

The Queen made a very famous response to the disaster and visited the village eight days afterwards.

She has since made a further three trips to the Welsh village.

Coleman is set to recreate the Queen’s response to the disaster on the show.

Panatelas Junior School in Cwmaman will be doubling up as the original school which was hit by the avalanche.

Bosses on the show felt it would be too upsetting for the locals to film in the original location which is why they opted to film 15 miles away instead.

The Crown season three will be set between 1964 and 1976 and will focus on the Queen’s relationship with Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

Helena Bonham Carter will be playing Princess Margaret, Ben Daniels will be Lord Snowdon, and Jason Watkins will portray Harold Wilson in the Netflix series.

Foy recently was awarded an Emmy for her role as Queen Elizabeth II on the show and dedicated the award to Matt Smith.

Coleman recently told Radio Times that Foy has been very supportive and told the new star of The Crown that she could call her any time.

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“[Foy] was just very supportive,“ Coleman revealed.

“She said I’ll have a lovely time, everyone on it is amazing; the voice coaching is impeccable.”

Coleman went on to say: “Because they were all amazing, so I’m just full of fear because you don’t want to be the one who screws it up. She’s [Claire] lovely and she said I can call her anytime.”

Most recently, creator Peter Morgan revealed to media including about Colman’s casting: “Do you know, the casting director came up with her as an idea and I thought, ‘I don’t want to look any further’.”

The executive producer went on to say: “She was on a list of one and happily, she said yes, so it was an incredibly short casting process.

“We rang her up and asked and she said, ‘Oh my God, yeah’.”

The Crown season 2 is available to watch on Netflix now.

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