Claire Foy was welcomed with open arms when she made a brief return in The Crown season 4 (Picture: Netflix)
It’s been three years since we last saw Claire play the Queen in the Netflix period drama, having portrayed the monarch from her early twenties to her late thirties in seasons 1 and 2.
Claire, 36, received high praise for her performance in the first two seasons of the show, winning a Golden Globe in 2017 and an Emmy Award the following year.
So fans of the series could barely contain their excitement when the actor made a cameo in the new series, during a flashback scene on the then-princess’ 21st birthday.
The scene shows the future Queen addressing the nations of the Commonwealth from Cape Town, South Africa, during which she says that while she is 6,000 miles away from the country where she was born, she is ‘certainly not 6,000 miles from home’.
The scene shows people across the world listening to Princess Elizabeth’s address on the radio, including a young Margaret Thatcher at the University of Oxford.
As Claire Foy made her brief return, fans flocked to share their love of the original star of The Crown
In 2018, Claire said she felt ‘deeply hurt’ after learning that Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip opposite her on The Crown, was paid a higher salary than her on the show.
It emerged that Matt was paid £10,000 more than Claire per episode for his role.
While Netflix defended the decision, explaining that Matt was a bigger name, the company added that things would change moving forward.
Speaking to magazine Porter Edit in October 2018, Claire said: ‘I was deeply hurt by it, because I’d been working on that show for two years.
‘I loved everybody on it, and then I realized, there’s been a big, fat, dirty secret that nobody’s ever talked about.’
The Crown season 4 is available to watch on Netflix.
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