TV show The Crown (2016)
Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) travels to Althorp, the Spencer home, to visit the family's eldest daughter. He then meets the young Diana (Emma Corrin), whom he will soon marry. Althorp having been recreated at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire.
Ragley Hall
Ragley Hall by DeFacto. Wikimedia.

“- In time, Diana will give up her fight and bend, as they all do.

– And if she doesn’t bend, what then?

– She will break.”

The Queen Mother (Marion Bailey), Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) and Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter)

The first meeting between Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Diana (Emma Corrin) takes place at Diana’s home while she is rehearsing a play. Although charming and original to say the least, this scene is one that the writers have invented for the needs of the show. Nevertheless, Althorp is the home of the Spencer family. A house in which Peter Morgan could not shoot, forced to find a credible substitute.

A decisive meeting

As is often the case, Peter Morgan preferred to look for a location in which to shoot the interior and exterior scenes. Perfect in every way, Ragley Hall then stands out as one of the most important places of season 4, although only one really crucial scene takes place there.

A cast like no other

Emma Corrin’s recruitment was not very conventional. Coming with someone to attend a reading of the role of Camilla Parker, the actress, then unknown, attracted the attention of the director. The latter asked Emma Corrin if she would be interested in playing the role of Diana Spencer in the series.

Eight months later, the actress was thus invited to a meeting in due form with the showrunner Peter Morgan. A very fruitful meeting having encouraged these words to the big boss of The Crown: “In a way, it’s unfair to say that Emma was born to play Diana because I think she’ll have a lot of success and it will be long-lasting. She’ll have many roles to play. Even so, I think she has a strange connection to the character.”


Emma Corrin won eight awards for her role as Diana Spencer in The Crown.

Charles à Althorp
Charles Windsor à Althorp. Tous droits réservés : Netflix.
Diana à Althorp. Tous droits réservés : Netflix.

Ragley Hall

Ancestral seat of the Marquess of Hertford, Ragley Hall was designed by William Hurlbert in 1683.

Largely modified since the laying of the first stone, the plans for Ragley Hall have notably seen the intervention of Dr Robert Hooke. Built for Edward Conway, it was modified by James Wyatt and then by William Tasker. Used as a hospital during the two world wars, Ragley Hall also hosted the Jerwood Sculture Park in July 2004, until April 2012. It doubled as the Palace of Versailles in the Doctor Who series and appears in the credits of The Crown.

Go there

The Fantrippers Buying Board

Cult! music: 100 mythical music places [French Edition]

Embark immediately on an exhilarating world tour with some of music’s most iconic bands and artists!

Head to Melbourne, Australia for a stroll along AC/DC Lane before crossing the iconic Abbey Road pedestrian crossing in the company of The Beatles. Visit Janis Joplin‘s home in San Francisco and find out how Johnny Cash ended up playing his greatest hits to a crowd of prisoners in San Quentin. Travel the winding roads of Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and stop in Japan to catch up with Deep Purple, Phil Collins and Daft Punk. Drive down the Tina Turner Highway before entering some of the most legendary studios in music history. Go back to the troubled origins of Billie Holiday and make a pact with Robert Johnson at the famous crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Embark immediately on an exhilarating world tour with some of music’s most iconic bands and artists! Relive the Jimi Hendrix concert on the Isle of Wight before paying tribute to Bob Marley in Jamaica.

Produced by a team of pop-culture specialists and enhanced by numerous anecdotes, Cult! musictells the secrets of the places that made the history of music.

Fantrippers' opinion
Content quality

Interest for fans

Value for money

Discover all the places The Crown on our map

Facebook Twitter Instagram

By Gilles Rolland

Friday, September 16, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

Let's discuss this fanspot

Notify of
0 Commentaires
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments