The Crown stars Claire Foy and Olivia Colman pay tribute to the Queen

Two TV queens bow to the real queen.

The Crown stars Claire Foy and Olivia Colman reflected on the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II and commemorated her 70-year reign.

Both Foy, 38, and Colman, 48, portrayed the British monarch at different ages in the popular Netflix royal drama.

“I think she was an incredible monarch,” Foy told the BBC on Wednesday. “She united people and was a massive symbol of continuity, dignity and grace.”

“My main feeling is thinking of her as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, really,” the First Man actress continued. “I’m very honored to have been a tiny, tiny part of her story.”

The Emmy-winner portrayed the sovereign on seasons 1 and 2 of The Crown – from 1947 to 1964 she played the queen as a young mother and ruler.

Colman reprized the role for seasons 3 and 4, covering the period 1964-1991.

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Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in Season 3 of The Crown in 2019.
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The Oscar-winner sat down with Variety earlier this week and looked back on her legacy and service to her country.

“I don’t know where to start with that,” Colman remarked. “She made a promise as a young woman and she absolutely kept it with such dignity. We are all incredibly impressed with what she has done.”

The ‘Night Manager’ star also opened up about King Charles III’s first speech. as the new monarch.

“He did it so beautifully from a British perspective,” she said. “He did it for love, tolerance and gentleness, and that’s what she always wanted and did.”

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Foy as a young Queen Elizabeth in season 2 of The Crown in 2017.
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“Of the outside world looking at Britain at the moment, on the one hand we have something funny going on – politics – and something so dignified. I was proud to be British. I think he’ll do a good job,” said Colman.

Foy’s co-star Matt Smith – who portrayed a young Prince Philip on the show – recently paid tribute to the late Queen on Thursday’s Today show.

The 39-year-old ‘House of the Dragon’ star also revealed that the Queen had seen ‘The Crown’ on a projector, while the Duke of Edinburgh found the idea of ​​seeing the show “ridiculous”.

However, Smith is looking forward to seeing the sovereign’s funeral on Monday.

“I think it’s a piece of history. I don’t think we’ll ever have another 70-year monarch,” he said. “I want to be in London. I want to experience it. I think I really want to be part of the ceremony,” he said. “[I want to] Check it out with a group of friends at my local pub.” The Crown stars Claire Foy and Olivia Colman pay tribute to the Queen

Emma Bowman

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