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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.

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.

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Documentary

This BBC documentary tells the story of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. It was the first royal event to be widely televised and the new monarch had to cope with the immense pressure of the occasion.

Elizabeth I and II: The Golden Queens

Watch Elizabeth I & II: Golden Queens on BBC Select

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?

Raymond Blanc's Royal Kitchen Gardens

Raymond Blanc’s Royal Kitchen Gardens

Get ready to discover some of the most incredible royal kitchen gardens across the UK. In this documentary series, award-winning chef and author Raymond Blanc gains unique access to these captivating spaces, meeting the people who work there and the chefs who use them. From the apple tunnels of Highgrove to the sea-scented gardens of the Castle of Mey, Raymond promises a fascinating culinary tour.

The Royals: A History of Scandals

The Royals: A History of Scandals

In the last few years, the British Royal Family has been plagued by scandal. But, as Professor Suzannah Lipscomb reveals in this fascinating history documentary, the UK monarchy has always been mired in gossip and intrigue. The role that the media, government and the public have played in generating outrage and spreading scandalous royal rumors is delved into and regal secrets are shared.