The Crown has revealed the release date for its sixth and final season, with the surprising revelation that it will be split into two parts.

Netflix revealed that the first four episodes of the series will be released on Thursday, November 16, while the remaining six will be available almost a month later on Thursday, December 14.

In terms of when the sixth season is set, it is expected to cover a period of time between 1997 and 2005.

This will likely cover the death of Princess Diana, Tony Blair becoming Prime Minister, the early relationship of Prince William and Kate Middleton and the wedding of the then Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

The Crown fans 'excited' to learn of final season release dates

Fans of The Crown reacting to the release dates for the final season being revealed appeared to be quite hyped up.

One person shared on X (formerly known as Twitter): "Actually excited for the final season of The Crown. It has incredible acting. Incredible."

Another posted: "A TWO PART FINAL SEASON.. making it longer and easier to say goodbye + PART 2 RELEASES ONE DAY AFTER MY BIRTHDAY? I’m so ready but not ready at the same time..."

Meanwhile, another expressed hopes for a prequel series, writing: "IM NOT READY. I love this show so much. It’s been a joy watching this every year. Please - please green light that prequel series."

Not everyone was happy about the decision to split the final season into two parts, with one person sharing: "Omg Netflix!! Why have you started splitting your TV show seasons like that?

"Especially when it’s a final series! You are going to make us wait another whole month for part 2 which will consist of the last two ever episodes?? That’s is ridiculous."

The final season of The Crown was the first season of the programme produced since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022.