Sunday, Sept. 19 marks the last Emmy Awards where Colman will be up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on The Crown. Why? Because she's since passed on the, well, crown to Harry Potter actress Imelda Staunton.
On July 30, Netflix released the first look of Staunton's transformation into Queen Elizabeth II, a much anticipated image as the actress's casting was first teased back in November 2019. In the first glimpse, Staunton donned the queen's signature short bob, pearls and yellow-patterned outfit.
But she's obviously not the first to hold the throne as part of the Netflix series: Prior to Staunton and Colman's reigns, Claire Foy played Queen Elizabeth.
And it appears Colman is excited to hand over her crown. "Imelda is extraordinary," she raved to the Radio Times in December, "and she's going to do it all much better than me. I can't wait to watch what she does."
We don't know about "better," since season four of The Crown is up for several awards at the 2021 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and many acting nominations.
Of course, Staunton's first pic as the queen isn't the only tease we've gotten for season five.
In August, Elizabeth Debicki, who succeeds Emmy nominee Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, was spotted filming a scene on the grounds of Ardverikie Lodge, which doubles as the royal family's Scottish holiday home, Balmoral Castle. The production photo made it clear that the new season is set right in the heart of the '90s.
After all, Debicki was seen wearing one of Diana's classic ensembles: jeans and an oversized blazer.
We cannot wait to see the other transformations season five has in store as the new cast list also features Jonathan Pryce as Prince Phillip, Dominic West as Prince Charles and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret.
Take a closer look at The Crown cast and their real-life counterparts by scrolling through the images below.
(A version of this story originally published Aug. 7, 2021 at 6 p.m. PT)