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'The Crown' Season 3: The Queen in the '60s and '70s

Prince Charles' love life, a foiled kidnapping, and other moments the show might cover.

With the new casting announcement for season 3 of "The Crown," fans of the British royal family are no doubt wondering what ground the Netflix series will cover. Variety reports that the drama will pick up right where it left off, in 1964, and zoom through 1976. Real-life Windsor history gives us a hint of what to expect — a wedding, a funeral, an investiture, and a young woman named Camilla. Here, photos of Queen Elizabeth II and her family from that fateful era.

25 YEARS OF MARRIAGE Lichfield/Lichfield/Getty Images 25 YEARS OF MARRIAGE The first two seasons of "The Crown" focused on the often rocky relationship between the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip. But in 1972, they celebrated 25 years of marriage. Pictured: During their silver anniversary year, the couple pose for a portrait at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. CRUISING ALONG Lichfield/Lichfield/Getty Images CRUISING ALONG The Queen and Philip aboard the Britannia, 1972. The yacht has been the vessel of choice for many a royal honeymoon. SIDE BY SIDE Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images SIDE BY SIDE The couple on their thrones during the opening of Parliament, 1970. FILMING A DOCUMENTARY Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images FILMING A DOCUMENTARY In 1969, a television documentary called "Royal Family" revealed public and private moments from Buckingham Palace to the royal aircraft. Last season on "The Crown" showed Elizabeth becoming more comfortable with television, relenting after some initial reluctance to broadcast her annual Christmas Message on TV instead of radio. COMING OF AGE Bettmann/Bettmann Archive COMING OF AGE Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, then 20 years old, share smiles in June 1969. Much of the tension between Elizabeth and Philip on "The Crown" season 2 had to do with their difference of opinion regarding Charles' schooling — whether he should attend Scotland's rough-and-tumble boarding school Gordonstoun (as Philip did) or the tony and nearby Eton College. THE INVESTITURE Anwar Hussein/WireImage THE INVESTITURE In July 1969, four months before his 21st birthday, the Queen crowns Charles the Prince of Wales in a televised ceremony. FULL REGALIA Bettmann/Bettmann Archive FULL REGALIA Charles, the Prince of Wales, on his day of investiture. THE ELIGIBLE BACHELOR Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images THE ELIGIBLE BACHELOR Like his own sons decades later, Charles was the subject of much speculation when it came to his marital prospects. Here, the future King of England at the White House with Tricia Nixon, daughter of the American president, who, according to royal biographer Anthony Holden, attempted to play matchmaker: "Seating plans constantly had Charles and Tricia side by side, while the programme had them spending all of each day together, even to being left alone with each other in various parts of the White House." THE HEARTY TYPE Central Press/Getty Images THE HEARTY TYPE Charles wading through a river in 1976. Following royal tradition, he served in the military: In the year of this photo, he was in the navy and commanding the HMS Bronington. BEARD ALERT Anwar Hussein/Getty Images BEARD ALERT A strapping Charles at age 27. His girlfriends included a series of young women who traveled in his social circle, but among them one stands out. ENTER CAMILLA Derek Hudson/Getty Images ENTER CAMILLA Charles and early love Camilla Shand are photographed on February 13, 1975, after a night out at the theater. Their relationship would linger well into his later marriage to Princess Diana and hers to Andrew Parker Bowles. Today, of course, she is Charles' second wife, the Duchess of Cornwall. (Camilla will be introduced during season 3 of "The Crown.") PRINCESS ANNE Fox Photos/Getty Images PRINCESS ANNE The Queen's only daughter joins her for a state visit to Austria, in 1969. WORLD-CLASS EQUESTRIAN Ray Bellisario/Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images WORLD-CLASS EQUESTRIAN The Queen and Anne ride in 1968. In 1976, Anne would participate in the Olympics as a member of the British team. Today her daughter Zara Tindall is an even better equestrian, having won a silver medal with the national team in 2012. ROYAL WEDDING Anwar Hussein/Getty Images ROYAL WEDDING With her parents, siblings, and other members of the royal wedding party, Princess Anne waves from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after marrying Captain Mark Phillips. They'd go on to have two children together. THE BRIDE AND GROOM Norman Parkinson/Iconic Images/Corbis via Getty Images THE BRIDE AND GROOM Spoiler alert: The marriage didn't last. After divorcing in 1992, they both remarried. A KIDNAPPING ATTEMPT Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images A KIDNAPPING ATTEMPT Just four months after Princess Anne and Mark Phillips' wedding day, a mentally ill gunman named Ian Ball forced the Rolls-Royce they were riding in to stop, then tried to kidnap the princess. Several men were shot in the attempt, and though Anne evaded her would-be captor, the scary incident illustrated the sometimes dangerous level of celebrity the royal family had attained. THE LITTLE PRINCES Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images THE LITTLE PRINCES Season 2 of "The Crown" ended with the Queen giving birth to her fourth and last child, Edward. Pictured: The baby of the family with his mum and big brother Andrew, 1965. RACING WITH CHARLES Hulton Archive/Getty Images RACING WITH CHARLES Edward rides around in a go-kart as his mother looks on. ANDREW'S SHY WAVE Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images ANDREW'S SHY WAVE The Queen and her third child greet the crowds outside Buckingham Palace. THE LAST TO LEAVE THE NEST Bettmann/Bettmann Archive THE LAST TO LEAVE THE NEST Edward at age 12 with his parents, 1976. All TOGETHER NOW Lichfield/Lichfield/Getty Images All TOGETHER NOW The Queen and Prince Philip with their four children, 1971. FAMILY DRAMA Reg Burkett/Getty Images FAMILY DRAMA Many episodes of "The Crown" have mined the frosty relations between the Queen and her uncle Edward, Duke of Windsor, who in 1936 abdicated his throne in order to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson. It's possible that season 3 would include the Duke's 1972 death and funeral, which the Queen did attend. Above: Elizabeth II speaking to the widowed Duchess of Windsor. WITH THE QUEEN MOTHER AND SISTER MARGARET Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Getty Images WITH THE QUEEN MOTHER AND SISTER MARGARET The reported timeline of the third season also coincides with the disintegration of Princess Margaret's marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones. Much more on that here. THE EXTENDED CLAN Lichfield/Lichfield/Getty Images THE EXTENDED CLAN The royal family in 1971. AND DON'T FORGET THE CORGIS Lichfield/Lichfield/Getty Images AND DON'T FORGET THE CORGIS The Queen on holiday at her beloved estate at Balmoral Castle. From childhood, her dogs have always been part of her family, too.

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