The Netflix series The Crown, based on true events and developed from the 2006 drama The Queen directed by Stephen Frears, is a historical drama series developed by Peter Morgan. It dramatizes the life of Queen Elizabeth II, showing how her personal life and the politics surrounding the Crown influence her decisions and rule. Set in the ’90s, the show’s fifth season focuses on the tensions between Charles and Diana that lead to their breaking up and eventual divorce a few years later.
Amid marital turmoil, Windsor Castle is engulfed in a devastating fire that destroys over a hundred rooms. Also, Diana suffers a shocking car accident that takes her life. With so many events spanning the entire season, viewers stay in their seats throughout each episode. At the same time, the exciting locations in the background, including Buckingham Palace, make one wonder where The Crown Season 5 was filmed. If you are also such a curious soul, we can tell you all the details here!
The Crown season 5 filming locations
Season 5 of The Crown was filmed across England, Scotland and Spain, specifically London, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Suffolk, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Bradford, Sussex, Lossiemouth, Newtonmore, Aberdeenshire and Mallorca. Filming for the fifth part of the series reportedly began in July 2021 but was halted in December 2021 when some crew members contracted COVID-19. After some delays, production resumed in January 2022 and was completed at the end of February of the same year. Now let’s traverse all of the special locations that appear in Season 5!
London, United Kingdom
Much of The Crown Season 5 was filmed in London, the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. The production team used a variety of locations to depict the exterior and interior of Buckingham Palace. The interiors of Lancaster House in St James’s Yard and Goldsmiths, University of London at 8 Lewisham Way served as replacements for the Palace interiors. Meanwhile, the Old Royal Naval College on King William Walk was apparently used for the exterior shots of Buckingham Palace.
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In February 2022, the cast and crew were spotted filming key scenes in and around London’s Coliseum on St Martin’s Lane. The Coliseum also served as the Dominion Theater, which they decorated with banners to recreate the 1995 Royal Variety Performance. The scenes of Diana’s confrontation with the paparazzi were filmed at the Fairfield Halls on Park Lane in Croydon. Harefield Grove in Hillingdon, west of London, also served as a central filming location for season five.
Several key scenes of The Crown Season 5 were filmed in Hertfordshire, one of the southern counties of England. Filming used the facilities at Elstree Studios on Shenley Road, Borehamwood. Elstree Studios has seven different sound stages with more than 60,000 square meters of shooting space, three stages suitable for live performances in front of an audience and a huge backlot, making it an ideal filming location for various projects.
While Moor Park Mansion, south-east of Rickmansworth, served as the exterior of Buckingham Palace, the interiors of Hatfield House on the Great North Road in Hatfield were used for the interior scenes of the palace. The Kensington Palace scenes were filmed at Brocket Hall, which is to the west of the Welwyn Garden City urban area in Hertfordshire.
Other locations in England
The Crown crew traveled to several other locations in England to film the fifth part. These include North Street in Oundle, North Northamptonshire, Hull City, Wentworth Woodhouse in Wentworth, Rotherham in South Yorkshire, Little Germany in central Bradford, West Yorkshire and the Queens Hotel on Marine Parade, Eastbourne and the seafront.
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Also, Somerley House at Ringwood in Hampshire represented Highgrove, the interiors of Hedsor House in Hedsor, Buckinghamshire represented 10 Downing Street, Somerleyton Hall near Somerleyton and Lowestoft in Suffolk represented Sandringham and Wilton House near Salisbury in Wiltshire represented Buckingham Palace.
Burghley House in Peterborough, Stamford reportedly stood for Windsor Castle, where the production team recreated the tragic fire that destroyed the castle in November 1992. Also, the streets around Forster Square on Bradford’s Valley Road were appropriately decorated to capture some post-glasnost scenes.
During filming, The Crown cast and crew were also spotted at various locations in Scotland to film key sequences for season five. These include the Covesea Lighthouse & Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Heritage Center at Covesea, Lossiemouth along the north east coast of Macduff in Aberdeenshire and the Ardverikie Estate at Kinloch Laggan, Newtonmore which served as a replacement for Balmoral Castle.
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Other parts of The Crown Season 5 were filmed in Mallorca, the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. In October 2021, the cast and crew were spotted filming aboard a speedboat on the open waters of Sant Elm, a town on the southwest coast of Mallorca. The location served as a filming location for a vacation that Princess Diana and Prince Charles took with their children.