Earlier this week, it was revealed that Claire Foy would be leaving her role as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix original series 'The Crown', making way for 'Broadchurch' star Olivia Colman to take over the leading role at the end of the forthcoming season.

Matt Smith and Claire Foy as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Crown'Matt Smith and Claire Foy as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Crown'

Fans of the show have known for quite a while that time jumps will take place every so often to help propel the story forward, with changes in the leading cast being made to ensure that the jump is a realistic one and something that has a prominent mix-up on screen.

Colman is said to be signed up for seasons 3 and 4 of the show, with another cast change coming ahead of seasons 5 and 6 when yet another time jump will take place. No details have yet been revealed on who will be replacing the rest of the cast, such as Matt Smith in the role of Prince Philip.

Speaking with the Press Association, Foy said: "I've known for a long time and when I found out that she might be taking over, I was just apoplectic with joy. I just love her, I admire her so much and the idea that we sort of will be doing the same job but not actually working together is just enough, I'm honoured by that."

Asked if she had any advice for Colman, she replied: "She doesn't need any advice from me, she knows what she's doing. The only thing I would say is take vitamins and get lots of sleep."

The love between the stars is something fans would have hoped to see, with Foy knowing for some time that she would have to give up the role to an older actress with the promised time jump in the show's narrative. In a world where women are often pitted against one another, it's great to know that the majority of women in the industry are actually there to prop each other up, rather than to take shots and tear one another down.

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'The Crown' season 2 hits Netflix on December 8, with season 1 available on the streaming service now.