​Two iconic women—Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corwin)—finally arrive on the scene in season four of Netflix’s The Crown and the change they bring threatens to tear the royal family apart.

“I think we have enough respect for one another personally to ask ourselves some of the bigger questions, woman to woman,” Thatcher says to Queen Elizabeth at their first meeting.

Once again, Queen Elizabeth sits on the precipice between tradition and change, and she steers toward tradition at her peril. As the Iron Lady takes control of the country and pushes it towards conservatism and self-reliance, Prince Philip (Tobias Menzes), remains convinced that men should be in charge.

“Two women running the shop—that’s the last hting this country needs,” says Phillip, while Elizabeth responds tartly: “Perhaps that’s precisely what this country needs.”

Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) sees change coming and warns Elizabeth accordingly: “How many times can this family make the same mistake? Paying the consequences each time.”

Meanwhile, Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), nearing 30, is pressured to wed. When his romance with Diana goes public, the British people are enthralled but the royal family less so.

“In time, she will give up her fight and bend,” says the Queen Mother (Marion Bailey) of the upstart but naive Diana.

“And if she doesn’t bend, what then?” asks Elizabeth.

“She will break,” responds Margaret, ominously.

The Crown also stars Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles, Georgie Glen as Lady Fermoy, Tom Byrne as Prince Andrew, Angue Imrie as Prince Edward and Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten. The show is created and written by Peter Morgan.

Season four of The Crown premieres on Netflix on Nov. 15.

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