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Explore the history of the British monarchy with our collection of Royal Family documentaries from the BBC and beyond. From Henry VIII and Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III, as well as other monarchies from around the world, stream BBC series and films about the past and present of royalty.

The Queen's Palaces

Stream the Queen's Palaces on BBC Select

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?

Edward VII: Prince of Pleasure

Edward VII: Prince of Pleasure

Britain’s King Edward VII has always been something of an enigma. A complex man filled with contradictions, he was a pioneering royal, while also a philanderer, a boorish philistine and a civilized man of ideas. Using extensive new research, this history documentary unravels the mystery of a thoroughly modern monarch and reveals that his legacy is still relevant today.

A Royal Guide to…

a royal guide to

For the British Royal Family, there are standards to maintain and a thousand years of tradition to uphold. This means there’s a certain way of doing things. This revealing documentary series reveals how the royals live and how they maintain tradition, whilst finding moments to be themselves. Royal insiders provide the lowdown on parenting, funerals, gardens, Christmas and much more.

Queen Victoria and her Nine Children

Queen Victoria and her nine children

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.

How Mad Was King George?

King George

King George III was the longest-reigning king in British history. But his reputation brands him a foolish, incapable madman. As this history documentary reveals, this unfair assessment overshadows his achievements and qualities as a monarch. With new revelations from diaries and letters and interviews with experts, a very different side to this remarkable ruler emerges.