The Duchess of Cambridge hits the small screen as Charlotte Riley steps into her shoes

By Emmy Griffiths

A new BBC2 drama imagines Prince Charles as the new King of England, and two images from the series are teasing what's to come. In addition to a glimpse of Britain's new monarch, the stills from King Charles III offer a first look at Peaky Blinders actress Charlotte Riley in her role as the Duchess of Cambridge.


Charlotte Riley will play Kate

The drama, which has been adapted from a play directed by Oliver award-winner Rupert Goold, will look at Prince Charles' accession to the throne following the Queen's death, and will follow the repercussions that take place after the new King refuses to sign a controversial bill into law.

Charlotte opened up about her role as Kate, saying: "I'm really excited to come on board King Charles III — Mike Bartlett and Rupert Goold are two brilliant creatives. It's such a unique project, to be both modern and rich in verse and to play someone who is real but yet totally re-imagined for this story, is an exciting prospect for an actor. Kate Middleton is a really interesting woman, particularly within the context of this play, and it is a challenge I am really looking forward to."

The show will imagine Prince Charles' reign as King

The first snap of Charlotte in her role as Kate shows the star dressed in a a navy blouse with pearl earrings and Kate's trademark bouncy blow dry, proving that the actress has perfectly captured the Duchess's impeccable sense of style.

The BBC also shared a first look at V for Vendetta actor Tim Pigott-Smith in the role of 'King Charles III'. Speaking about the adaptation, he said: "Performing King Charles in Mike Bartlett's astonishing play in London and New York has been one of the high points of my career. I am thrilled that we are to film it — it is a drama about us, now, who we are, and the relevance of our monarchy. Television gives it an important democratic voice."

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