The Royal Family have been the victims of a robbery overnight: but it’s not Her Majesty the Queen et al who are affected, it is instead the cast and crew of The Crown, who are tasked with bringing the ins and outs of the Windsors’ lives to the small screen.
It has been reported that three trucks worth of jewels — totaling £150,000 (or, more than $200,000) — have been raided by thieves in Doncaster, where the show is currently filming. According to show-runners, the loss will not stall filming, as the items can be quickly replaced, so there is one silver lining.
Pieces taken include a faux Fabergé egg, designed to look like one once owned by King George V and Queen Mary, who was known for her exquisite taste in jewelry. Several of her eggs are currently on display at the V&A’s Fabergé in London exhibition, on loan from her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II.
Other pieces taken were a grandfather clock, several candelabras, and silverware, as well as jewelry worn by the cast, which this season includes Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales. A source told The Sun: “Producers have an incredible eye for detail and every item was meticulously chosen. To lose the lot is just heart-breaking.”
The fifth season of The Crown shifts the action forward to the 1990s and will see Imelda Staunton taking on the role of the Queen. Meanwhile, Jonathan Pryce will play Prince Philip, and Dominic West has been cast as Prince Charles. The drama will feature the Queen’s so-called “annus horribilis” of 1992, when a fire at Windsor Castle coinciding with the breakdowns of three of her children’s marriages, as well as the rise of New Labour and the election of Tony Blair as prime minister, and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. It is set to air at the end of this year.
This story originally appeared in Tatler.
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