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The Crown season 6 filming locations swap St George’s Chapel for York Minster

The Crown season 6 will be coronated on Netflix in two parts in November and December, but where was the show actually filmed?

Arguably Netflix’s most highly anticipated premiere remaining in 2023, The Crown’s sixth and final season will release in two parts, four in November and six in December. Whilst the personalities and cinematography of this popular show tend to dominate the headlines, The Crown is a master at creating accurate location ‘doubles’ – so where has the show actually been filmed?  

Charles and Diana have a meeting with the Queen
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The Crown season 6 filming locations – A masterpiece in set doubles

Season 6 of The Crown was filmed in various locations across the UK, with the majority of scenes shot in and around London, Kent, and Scotland.

Several well-known houses and estates have been used as doubles for the interior of Buckingham Palace across all six seasons of The Crown, including Wilton House in Wiltshire and Lancaster House in London.

After all, we doubt that the Royal Family would ever allow Netflix to actually film inside Buckingham Palace or any of the official residences, considering all of the controversy surrounding the show’s depiction of their most intimate moments.

On the contrary, The Crown is one of the best shows for finding realistic and accurate ‘doubles’ for its filming, since many of the real locations are off-limits to these types of productions.

Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire doubled as Windsor Castle, whilst Ardverikie Estate (Inverness-shire), Audley End House (Essex), and Rhinefield House (Hampshire) doubled as Balmoral Castle.

Hylands House in Essex famously doubled as The White House when Princess Margaret (played by Helena Bonham Carter at the time) and Lord Snowdon (Ben Daniels) met President Lyndon B. Johnson in Washington in 1965.

Other picturesque and ‘savvy’ filming locations on The Crown included:

Season 6 of The Crown is also set to show the Royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, which took place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. For the production, The Crown swapped out St. George’s Chapel for York Minster.

The sixth and final season will also explore the lives of young and would-be Royals, Prince William and Kate Middleton – with many of their scenes filmed at The University of St. Andrews.

Photos also emerged online of Meg Bellamy (Kate Middleton) and Ed McVey (Prince William) filming around Molly Malones Pub and 13A Hope Steet, the house where the couple moved into first with friends Fergus Boyd and Olivia Bleasdale.

Of course, one of the most talked-about moments set to be shown in The Crown season 6 is the death of Princess Diana. Whilst there is no indication that the show will actually show the crash that took Diana’s life, the series was spotted filming sequences in and around Paris.

More locations used during the filming of The Crown include:

Meg Bellamy as Kate Middleton and Ed McVey as Prince William holding hands in The Crown season 6
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Outside of the UK, The Crown has also traveled to South Africa and Spain, with the latter including locations around Almeria, the Balearic Islands, and Barcelona.

Filming for The Crown resulted in a notable boost in tourism for many of these locations. A spokesperson for Rhinefield House said “It was a very lucrative piece of business and very beneficial for the hotel. It’s an amazing venue and no surprise people are inspired to use it for their productions.”

The Duchess of Rutland, who owns Belvoir Castle, also celebrated the collaboration for the show: “It was a great honour to have The Crown filming in our home for a third season.”

“We are delighted to have some of the best costume makers and directors using Belvoir and some of our favourite rooms, such as the Elizabeth Saloon, used as replicas for Windsor Castle scenes. We wish this series as with all the previous series huge success.”

Dominic West as Prince Charles looking off screen in The Crown season 5
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The Crown season 6 Part 1 premieres via Netflix on November 16, followed by Part 2 on December 14.

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