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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 Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I

The Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I

In 1558, Elizabeth took the throne of a deeply divided England after her siblings Edward and Mary died. The Protestant queen allowed Catholics to continue with their faith as long as they were discrete and loyal. Peace and prosperity followed, and English culture flourished. Under Elizabeth, the seeds of Empire were sewn but despite her successes the Virgin Queen had to guard against numerous plots.

The Queen Mother's Blitz

the queen mothers blitz

During World War II, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, better known as The Queen Mother, made a heroic effort to boost the morale of the beleaguered British people. With air raids a constant threat, her insistence that the Royal family remain in London was a reassuring move for the public. This fascinating history documentary examines how her personality and determination significantly helped the war effort.

Behind the Stories: The Monarchy

Behind the Stories: The Monarchy

The British royal family is always making headlines. But what is it like reporting on these stories? This documentary takes us inside the scoops and places us alongside the royal reporters. Kirsty Wark describes her experience of reporting on The Queen’s death, while Clive Myrie recalls what it was like covering a historic moment, as the King’s proclamation was filmed for the very first time.

Behind The Scenes: The Coronation of King Charles III

Behind the scenes: The Coronation of King Charles III

For the first time in over 70 years, a new British monarch was crowned. The coronation of King Charles III was full of historic pomp and ceremony. But what goes into creating this kind of global, era-defining event? This documentary goes behind the scenes of the coronation to reveal all the preparation, planning and co-ordination required to crown a king.

Royal Holiday Secrets

Royal Holiday Secrets

The British royal family are used to the finer things in life. So why should the places they go to unwind be any different? This eye-opening documentary explores what the royals do to relax, shows their favorite places to escape and looks at how royal holidays have changed through the decades. From their passion for safaris to their love of Mustique, secrets from regal vacations will be revealed.