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Royal fans spot historical error in The Crown series three trailer

Did they get it wrong?

Royal fans think they have spotted a subtle historical inaccuracy in the latest trailer for series three of hit Netflix drama The Crown.

In the new trailer, the Queen (now played by Oscar winner Olivia Colman) is shown struggling to deal with a chaotic Britain, as a version of Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A Changin' plays over scenes from the third season.

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In it, a radio presenter is heard saying, in reference to the Queen's Silver Jubilee: "This is Jubilee day. This is a day as gruelling as the Queen's coronation 25 years ago."

Responding to a tweet from The Crown's official Twitter account, one fan pointed out: "Interesting. The Silver Jubilee was 24 years after the coronation, not 25."

The new series lands on Netflix on November 17 (Credit: Netflix)

Someone else argued: It was 25 years. It was in 1977, the Queen came to the throne on February 6, 1952, and her coronation took place on June 2, 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977 (25 years on the throne)."

Incorrect. The coronation took place 24 years before Jubilee Day.

But the original user stuck to their guns, replying: "'This is jubilee day' the speaker says and the subtitles read, 'as gruelling as the Queen's coronation 25 years ago'. Incorrect. The coronation took place 24 years before Jubilee Day."

Another chipped in: "You're right. Maybe it's an accurate representation of the BBC getting it wrong. It would be interesting to find out whether they've used original footage and sound."

Since launching in 2016, The Crown has gone on to become one of the most popular TV series on Netflix, picking up multiple awards along the way.

But according to reports, it hasn't gone down too well with the Queen.

A source quoted by the Express claimed Her Majesty was "upset" by how the programme depicted her husband, Prince Philip, and his treatment towards their son, Prince Charles.

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II (Credit: Netflix)

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The insider said: "The Queen realises that many who watch The Crown take it as an accurate portrayal of the Royal Family and she cannot change that.

"But I can convey that she was upset by the way Prince Philip is depicted as being a father insensitive to his son's wellbeing.

"She was particularly annoyed at a scene in which Philip has no sympathy for a plainly upset Charles while he is flying him home from Scotland. That simply did not happen."

- The Crown series three will be available to watch on Netflix on November 17

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