In real life, the story of the British royal family is far from over. Princes William and Harry seem to be at an impasse as the former waits for his turn to succeed their father, King Charles III, and the latter settles into his new life in Montecito, California, after he and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped back from their royal duties and moved out of the UK. The past few years have been rocky for the Windsors, from Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Oprah interview to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. But as we all wait to see what happens next in the lives of the world’s most famous royals, fans of the Netflix drama The Crown are saying goodbye to the beloved show, which dropped its final six episodes on December 15.
The Crown premiered in 2016 and began with the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip in 1947. Since then, the story has spanned decades, utilizing “about two and a half thousand” different sets and “probably about a million” props, according to set decorator Allison Harvey, who has worked on the show since the beginning, alongside production designer Martin Childs. The sixth and final season was released in two parts, with the first four episodes hitting the streamer on November 16, chronicling the days before and after the tragic death of Princess Diana in a car crash in Paris in 1997. The final installment of the series, out now, takes viewers through Prince William’s teenage years and days at University, where he meets his future wife, Kate Middleton. The series concludes with the wedding of King Charles III to Queen Camilla at Windsor Castle in 2005. Below, AD breaks down three standout sets from the final season.