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New pictures of Helena Bonham Carter reveal a major plotline from The Crown and we can’t keep calm and carry on

Not only that, but we're also given a highly anticipated new look at Helena as Princess Margaret!

By Ellie McDonald

When Season 2 of The Crown finished, and Claire Foy and Matt Smith finished their on-screen tenure as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, we were more emotional than we'd like to admit.

The only saving grace came months later, with the likes of Olivia Colman named as the actor stepping in as our beloved Lilibet and none other than the great Helena Bonham Carter taking on the role of the Queen's rebellious sister, Princess Margaret.

Helena Bonham Carter is replacing Vanessa Kirby in *The Crown*.
Helena Bonham Carter is replacing Vanessa Kirby in The Crown.

But it is these latest pictures of Helena as Princess Margaret that have sent The Crown conspiracists into a Royal tizzy, with this very snap eluding to a major plotline appearing to be covered in the hit show.

In the pictures, Helena, 52, can be seen wearing a floral-printed sixties evening dress teamed with a head of Margaret's signature bouncing brunette curls. By her side is Ben Daniels, who is playing Princess Margaret's husband from 1960-1978, Lord Snowdon AKA Antony Armstrong-Jones.

As reported by Grazia UK, these scenes were apparently filmed at Hylands Park in Essex in the United Kingdom, and are believed to be serving as The White House in Washington. And if you think hard about it - the time this epic season is supposed to be set (the sixties and seventies), the people in the picture (Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon) and where this picture is meant to be set (Washington) - it's fair to conclude that The Crown Season 3 will zoom in on Margaret and Antony's controversial tour of the US in 1965.

Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady of the United States, with Princess Margaret at the White House on November 17, 1965.
Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady of the United States, with Princess Margaret at the White House on November 17, 1965.
President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, Prince Margaret and Lord Snowdon at the White House during their controversial tour of the U.S.
President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, Prince Margaret and Lord Snowdon at the White House during their controversial tour of the U.S.

So what else can we expect from Season 3? Well, as previously reported by Now To Love, the series will also most likely cover the decolonisation of Africa and the Caribbean, the birth of the Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, in 1964 and Prince Charles' coronation as the Prince of Wales in 1969.

Plus, the moment we've all been waiting for: the beginning of one of the British Royal Family's most scandalous love triangles - when Prince Charles met then-Camilla Shand at a party back in 1971.

We can hardly wait!

The Crown Season 3 is due to hit Netflix in 2019.