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Imelda Staunton as The Queen sets sail from Macduff as scenes shot in north-east for Netflix hit The Crown


By Lorna Thompson

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"THE Queen" as played by actress Imelda Staunton in Netflix hit The Crown set sail from Macduff Harbour this afternoon after film crews rolled into town to shoot scenes for its fifth and penultimate series.

Staunton has taken on the monarch role previously played by Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.

She was the drama's main character to feature in the one day of filming at the north-east coastal spot for the hugely popular Netflix original drama.

Passers-by stopped to look on at the action as cast members arrived on set at around 2.15pm and jumped aboard a small vessel at the harbour.

The Crown's new Queen Imelda Staunton at Macduff. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
The Crown's new Queen Imelda Staunton at Macduff. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Imelda Staunton makes her way down steps to board a vessel at Macduff in filming for The Crown. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Imelda Staunton makes her way down steps to board a vessel at Macduff in filming for The Crown. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Imelda Staunton, who plays the Queen in the new series of The Crown, at Macduff Harbour. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Imelda Staunton, who plays the Queen in the new series of The Crown, at Macduff Harbour. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
A boat arrives at Macduff Harbour as part of filming for Netflix hit The Crown. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
A boat arrives at Macduff Harbour as part of filming for Netflix hit The Crown. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
The Crown cast members aboard a boat at Macduff. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
The Crown cast members aboard a boat at Macduff. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
The Crown filming at Macduff Harbour. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
The Crown filming at Macduff Harbour. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Cast and crew of The Crown in Macduff to film scenes for the fifth series. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Cast and crew of The Crown in Macduff to film scenes for the fifth series. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

The Crown chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s onwards.

It is believed the latest season will cover 1990s events – a period which includes royal marriage breakdowns and the death of Diana Princess of Wales.

Left Bank Pictures crews have taken over the harbourside but all roads remain open in Macduff.

The filming was due to finish by 6pm tonight.


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