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The Crown FIRST LOOK: Canary Wharf transforms into 1990s Chicago to film series six

Filming for the sixth and final series of The Crown continued on Sunday, with the famous City district of Canary Wharf transformed into 1990s Chicago.

Office workers looked on in awe as they saw a replica of the US Presidential motorcade whizz through the streets in east London.

Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of The Crown’s final series later this year, with the show already courting controversy as it plans to depict the tragic death of Princess Diana.

Blast from the past! Filming for the sixth and final series of The Crown continued on Sunday, with the famous City district of Canary Wharf transformed into 1990s Chicago

For the scenes a slew of suited extras descended on Canary Wharf to recreate a journey undertaken by the US President.

Given the time period that The Crown is expected to cover during its final series, the scene will likely cover the Presidency of Bill Clinton, who was elected in 1993.

As ever the Presidential motorcade was formed by several protective cars and bikes, with the famous politician’s Cadillac driving along in the middle.

What's going on? Office workers looked on in awe as they saw a replica of the US Presidential motorcade whizz through the streets in east London

What’s going on? Office workers looked on in awe as they saw a replica of the US Presidential motorcade whizz through the streets in east London

Back to work! For the scenes a slew of suited extras descended on Canary Wharf to recreate a journey undertaken by the US President

Back to work! For the scenes a slew of suited extras descended on Canary Wharf to recreate a journey undertaken by the US President

Which leader is it? Given the time period that The Crown is expected to cover during its final series, the scene will likely cover the Presidency of Bill Clinton, who was elected in 1993

Which leader is it? Given the time period that The Crown is expected to cover during its final series, the scene will likely cover the Presidency of Bill Clinton, who was elected in 1993

Vintage: Many 1990s US staples were erected on the London street for the scenes, including a hot dog stand, which stood out among the high rises

Vintage: Many 1990s US staples were erected on the London street for the scenes, including a hot dog stand, which stood out among the high rises

Here they come! Two 1990s motorbikes were seen leading the Presidential motorcade

Production: The Crown is in the midst of filming for its sixth  series

Here they come! Two 1990s motorbikes were seen leading the Presidential motorcade during filming for The Crown’s sixth series

Here it comes! As ever the Presidential motorcade was formed by several protective cars and bikes, with the famous politician's Cadillac driving along in the middle

Here it comes! As ever the Presidential motorcade was formed by several protective cars and bikes, with the famous politician’s Cadillac driving along in the middle

The scenes will form part of The Crown’s final series, which is expected to be released later in 2023. 

Imelda Staunton will reprise her role as Queen Elizabeth II, with Jonathan Pryce playing her husband Prince Philip.

Elizabeth Debicki will once again appear as Princess Diana in the build-up to her death, while Dominic West plays Prince Charles. 

Coming soon: The scenes will form part of The Crown's final series, which is expected to be released later in 2023

Coming soon: The scenes will form part of The Crown’s final series, which is expected to be released later in 2023

Reprisal: Imelda Staunton will reprise her role as Queen Elizabeth II, with Jonathan Pryce playing her husband Prince Philip

Reprisal: Imelda Staunton will reprise her role as Queen Elizabeth II, with Jonathan Pryce playing her husband Prince Philip

Back in the role: Elizabeth Debicki will once again appear as Princess Diana in the build-up to her death, while Dominic West plays Prince Charles

Back in the role: Elizabeth Debicki will once again appear as Princess Diana in the build-up to her death, while Dominic West plays Prince Charles

Drama! Series five of The Crown has been subject to plenty of criticism due to the touchy topic of King Charles and his marriage to Diana, following its release on Netflix in November

Drama! Series five of The Crown has been subject to plenty of criticism due to the touchy topic of King Charles and his marriage to Diana, following its release on Netflix in November

Series five of The Crown has been subject to plenty of criticism due to the touchy topic of King Charles and his marriage to Diana, following its release on Netflix in November.

Many argued that filming scenes leading up to Princess Diana’s death in Paris were insensitive – as well as the series going ahead with its launch not long after the Queen’s death in September last year.

Focusing heavily on the fallout between Princess Diana, played by Debicki and King Charles (then Prince of Wales) as portrayed by West, the new series showcased a number of low points for the royals.

Shocking: Many argued that filming scenes leading up to Princess Diana's death in Paris were insensitive - as well as the series going ahead with its launch not long after the Queen's death

Shocking: Many argued that filming scenes leading up to Princess Diana’s death in Paris were insensitive – as well as the series going ahead with its launch not long after the Queen’s death 

Explosive: Focusing heavily on the fallout between Princess Diana and King Charles (then Prince of Wales) the new series showcased a number of low points for the royals

Explosive: Focusing heavily on the fallout between Princess Diana and King Charles (then Prince of Wales) the new series showcased a number of low points for the royals

Among them are Charles and Diana’s marriage breakdown, the late royal’s controversial Panorama interview and the notorious ‘tampongate’ phone call between the King and Queen Consort.

One of the most controversial aspects of the series is how it will tackle the death of Diana, with Netflix facing scrutiny over the decision to recreate the final days of Princess Diana, shooting some scenes in Paris, where she died.

It followed accusations of callousness amid reports the show will recreate the Paris car chase that resulted in Diana’s death and scenes of young princes William and Harry following their mother’s coffin. The exact moment of the crash will not be shown.

Bombshells: Among them are Charles and Diana's marriage breakdown, the late royal's controversial Panorama interview and the notorious 'tampongate' phone call

Bombshells: Among them are Charles and Diana’s marriage breakdown, the late royal’s controversial Panorama interview and the notorious ‘tampongate’ phone call

Controversy: One of the most controversial aspects is how it will tackle the death of Diana, with Netflix facing scrutiny over the decision to recreate the final days of the  Princess

Controversy: One of the most controversial aspects is how it will tackle the death of Diana, with Netflix facing scrutiny over the decision to recreate the final days of the  Princess

Acting royalty Dame Judi Dench, who is close to King Charles and Camilla, has accused the programme of being ‘crude and hurtful’.

Dame Judi, 87, who has played Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, told The Times the series risked damaging the monarchy. The Oscar-winning actress blamed it for ‘crude sensationalism’ and blurring fact and fiction.

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major criticised a scene which shows him having a conversation with then Prince Charles about the possibility of the Queen abdicating as ‘malicious nonsense’.

How much? It followed accusations of callousness amid reports the show will recreate the Paris car chase that resulted in Diana's death

How much? It followed accusations of callousness amid reports the show will recreate the Paris car chase that resulted in Diana’s death

Upsetting: It's thought that The Crown's final series could also include scenes of young princes William and Harry following their mother's coffin

Upsetting: It’s thought that The Crown’s final series could also include scenes of young princes William and Harry following their mother’s coffin

Nasty: Acting royalty Dame Judi Dench, who is close to King Charles and Camilla, has accused the programme of being 'crude and hurtful'

Nasty: Acting royalty Dame Judi Dench, who is close to King Charles and Camilla, has accused the programme of being ‘crude and hurtful’

Hitting back: Former Prime Minister Sir John Major criticised a scene which shows him having a conversation with then Prince Charles about the possibility of the Queen abdicating

Hitting back: Former Prime Minister Sir John Major criticised a scene which shows him having a conversation with then Prince Charles about the possibility of the Queen abdicating

Recently, The Crown star Gillian Anderson, who played Margaret Thatcher in series four, hit back at the comments – and argues that the series could have been far more damaging.

Speaking to The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden, Gillian said: ‘There’s a lot of researchers involved, and a lot of people checking and double-checking and triple-checking. 

‘There’s a lot that has not been written about that could be written about. And if you knew the difference in those, you’d see there is a great deal of kindness and restraint.’

She adds: ‘At the end of the day, there are incredibly compassionate and well-rounded takes on human beings. 

‘And what you’re left with is properly, maturely drawn, complex characters. And there’s a lot that’s in there that one has to say, ‘If you didn’t do it, we wouldn’t be writing about it’.’

They showed less?! Recently, The Crown star Gillian Anderson hit back at the comments - and argues that the series could have been far more damaging

They showed less?! Recently, The Crown star Gillian Anderson hit back at the comments – and argues that the series could have been far more damaging

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