The Crown have a plan in place if the Queen dies while filming

The fifth season of the Netflix show is due to be released in November

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown
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Netflix show The Crown, which is loosely based on the loves and lives of the royal family, have got a plan in place, in case the Queen dies - a show insider has revealed.

The Crown will honour the Queen, by creating their own version of Operation London Bridge, if she dies during filming, according to one of the shows insiders.

Operation London Bridge is a plan, put in place in 1960, of how the UK will react if the Queen dies - and will involve government departments including the police, the Church of England and even TFL.

The Crown, which is due to air season five on Netflix later this year, is based on the UK royal family - and an insider on the show has now claimed if they're filming when the Queen dies, they will make sure to honour her death. 

The show, which is set to explore Princess Diana's infamous Panorama interview in the next season has said the show will have its 'own version of Operation London Bridge.'

Talking to the New York Post a series insider said, “This is particularly pertinent for if we are filming. Filming will shut down immediately if we are in production, for at least a week. There would also be lots of discussion about when to restart.”

The fourth series of the Netflix show saw events edge closer to the present day, focusing on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage. It is thought that The Crown won't continue past season 6, with some claiming Peter Morgan, the shows creator, wishes to leave enough time between modern-day events and their fictionalized re-telling.

And while fans of the show may have got used to Oscar-winning actor, Olivia Colman, as Queen Elizabeth II, from The Crown season 5, there’s a new Queen in town. 

Imelda Staunton, perhaps best known for her role as Professor Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film adaptation, is stepping into Olivia's shoes. Imelda will be the third actor to take on this iconic role, following on from Olivia and Claire Foy.

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