Royalty documentaries

Explore the history of the British monarchy with our collection of Royal Family documentaries. From Henry VIII and Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III, stream BBC Royal Family documentaries with BBC Select.

Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen

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Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II in her own words and using rare and unseen footage and family home movies.

The Queen looks back on her life in this acclaimed BBC film, reflecting on her childhood, her coronation and her 70 years as British monarch. See previously unseen unique home movies shot by the British royal family including footage from the Queen’s childhood, on board HMS Vanguard en route to South Africa in 1947, as well as archive footage of Royal weddings, events and speeches.

Elizabeth and Philip: Love and Duty

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Kirsty Young offers a unique view of the life together of the Queen and Prince Philip as they celebrated their seventieth wedding anniversary in 2017.

From their fairy tale 1947 wedding, the couple enjoyed the longest royal marriage in British history. They experienced moments of pride and survived challenges, often played out in public, but kept their love affair and the nation strong throughout.

Elizabeth I and II: The Golden Queens

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This fascinating royal history documentary explores the parallels between Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II. Both became monarch at 25 but what unites and what divides them? Historians analyse the moments that define their reigns. Despite the centuries between them, could they share any surprising characteristics?

Queen Victoria and her Nine Children

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When her beloved husband Prince Albert died at a tragically young age, Queen Victoria found herself bereft, running an Empire alone and the single mother to nine small children. This three-part history documentary explores how Queen Victoria’s grief changed her as a mother and a monarch.

Queen Victoria’s coping mechanisms were quite extreme. She hid herself away from public life and began to focus on her children, micromanaging everything from what they wore to who they married. But her meddling would lead to resentment and tragedy.

The Queen's Palaces

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Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. From Henry VIII to Harry and Meghan, these buildings have been part of British royal history for hundreds of years.

Fiona Bruce tells the story of these amazing places in this majestic BBC royal documentary.

What secrets lurk in the long history of the Queen’s Palaces and what treasures can be discovered within their walls?