The Crown to pause after the Queen’s death ‘as a mark of respect’ says its writer Peter Morgan

In this image released by Netflix, Olivia Colman portrays Queen Elizabeth II in a scene from "The Crown." The program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix via AP)

FILMING for Netflix series The Crown will pause following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Majesty, who died “peacefully” on Thursday at age 96, was the central figure of the Emmy-winning television series.

Olivia Colman was last seen portraying Queen Elizabeth II in series The Crown

Her Majesty, the longest serving monarch, sadly died on Thursday afternoon

Writer of the drama, Peter Morgan, who also penned 2006 film The Queen, has described it as “a love letter to her” after news of the monarch’s death broke.

Deadline reports that he wrote in an email: “The Crown is a love letter to her and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect.

“I expect we will stop filming out of respect too.”

Plans had long been put in place by Netflix should the Queen die during production of the popular drama.

Former show director Stephen Daldry, who helmed early episodes, also said it would stop production for a respectable period of time.

He previously said: “None of us know when that time will come but it would be right and proper to show respect to the Queen.

“It would be a simple tribute and a mark of respect. She’s a global figure and it’s what we should do.

“She’s an extraordinary woman and people will be upset.”

The drama covers the reign of Queen Elizabeth II with the upcoming series set to premiere on the streaming platform in November.

Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and Imelda Staunton have played the monarch.

Imelda Staunton is due to play the monarch in the upcoming series of the Netflix drama

Claire Foy was the first in the series to play the Queen in her younger years