After filming scenes in the Welsh village of Cwmaman that will deal with the Aberfan disaster of 1966, production is now set to move to Caernarfon next month. Though the plot details have not yet been confirmed, it seems inevitable that the show is preparing to recreate Prince Charles’ investiture of 1969, which took place at Caernarfon Castle.
In the investiture ceremony, the 20-year-old Prince Charles was officially sworn in as the Prince of Wales. His uncle, Lord Snowden (aka Antony Armstrong-Jones, husband of Princess Margaret) had been charged with updating the ceremony, creating a more contemporary feel by swapping all the usual royal trappings for simpler designs, including a slate dias, a transparent Perspex canopy that allowed TV cameras to capture proceedings, minimal red chairs for the guests and even a new coronet for the Prince.
More than 4,000 people gathered at the Castle to watch, and it’s thought that the extras will help to make up this crowd. Casting company Extra People has revealed to Wales’ Daily Post that they are looking to find 300 people from ‘all walks of life’ to appear in the show.
‘We need people aged between 16 and 80,’ Extra People’s Tom Walker explained to the paper. ‘The days will be long days, sometimes even starting at 6am and finishing at 8pm but everyone is fed very well and looked after.’
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Olivia Colman is our new Queen
The first of these new cast members to be announced was Olivia Colman, who'll be stepping into the Queen's sturdy patent courts as The Crown moves through the Seventies and beyond. This is arguably the biggest role yet for one of Britain's best-loved (and most versatile) actresses, who already has one Golden Globe to her name (earned for her supporting role in The Night Manager). She'll be joined by Helena Bonham-Carter, who'll embody Princess Margaret in her most turbulent years, while Tobias Menzies will be Matt Smith's replacement as Prince Philip. Newly announced as an addition to the cast is Ben Smith, who will play Anthony Armstrong-Jones opposite Helena's Princess Margaret.
‘It’s an exciting opportunity to be involved with one of the world’s biggest TV series. Filming is a long process, so we are looking for reliable, hard working people. As it’s set in the 1960’s we need recent photographs of people showing their current hair length.’
As far as job applications go, it certainly sounds pretty simple – and you might even have the chance to spot Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles…