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Top 10 Royal Titles on Netflix

In the mood for some royal-related programming? Here are our top 10 picks.

The with recent anniversary of the death of Princess Diana and the second season of The Crown on the way, we thought a little royal streaming was in order. If you have any crumpets in the house, now is the time to break them out.

10. Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service

What’s more British than James Bond and stories of the Secret Service? In the shadowy world of espionage there is no spy agency more legendary than Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Founded over 100 years ago, it has evolved into a global spying network. Better known by its old government identifier as MI6, separate fact from fiction and discover what the life of a spy is really like.

Spies are everywhere. Everywhere!

9. Secrets of the Tower of London

While we’re on the subject of crime, the formidable Tower of London has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armory and the Royal Mint. This program unlocks the doors to secret rooms, talks to the people who do the jobs no one sees and reveals some surprising facts.

Have you ever wondered where the Queen keeps the family jewels?

8. Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King

This documentary is about the Duke of Edinburgh’s transformation from Greek-Germanic sailor of dubious character into a pillar of the second Elizabethan reign. It tells a riveting tale of how the slippery Lord Mountbatten conspired to marry his nephew, Prince Philip Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, into the British royal family. The film reveals the complexities and frustrations of the Royal marriage as the Queen struggled to reconcile the love of her husband with the suspicions of her family and her government. We do love that drama, don’t we?

I’m guessing holidays were really awkward.

7. Very British Problems

Ok, this isn’t really about the royal family. But how can we possibly discuss this topic without acknowledging all of the wonderful idiosyncrasies that make the British so wonderfully British? The pomp, the circumstance, the polite treachery are just a few of the things that make this subject so irresistible.

6. The Queen

Helen Mirren stars in this film depicting the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana. Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) struggle to reach a compromise in how the royal family should publicly respond to the tragedy. In the balance is the family’s need for privacy and the public’s demand for an outward show of mourning. Mirren won an Academy Award for best actress and was even invited to dinner at Buckingham Palace for her stunning portrayal.

Big chunks of the film are taken from real life footage, including several of Diana’s real press conferences, scenes from outside Buckingham Palace after the death of Diana, as well as many celebrities from the funeral (including Elton John, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg).

5. Secrets of Althorp The Spencers

Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, is currently the home of Diana’s brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Nineteen generations of Spencers have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years. Now you can go behind the scenes and take a tour.

Noted for their generosity, the Spencers once came to the rescue of a distant cousin fallen on hard times: the great-great-great-grandfather of George Washington.

4. The Royals

This six-part series examines Britain’s royal family phenomenon, showcasing its role in English life through interviews with those in the know. The British royals remain one of the great guilty pleasures back here in the Colonies, and this series serves up everything from royal weddings to scandals.

3. Elizabeth at 90

In celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, she’s sharing some old home cine films – shot by herself, her husband and her parents. Narrated by various members of her family, we’re included in intimate moments of their lives. The footage had never been publicly shown and came from the Queen’s private archive of homemade films. It’s a charming and warm portrait of the Queen.

A rare glimpse behind high walls.

Diana: 7 Days that Shook The World

August 31st marked twenty years since the Princess of Wales was fatally injured and we remember the incredible toll it had on the public.

“Diana’s death was our JFK,” said Sunday Express editor Camilla Tominey. “It was our moment of real shock at a cataclysmic, unexpected tragedy.”

The film takes a dramatic look at the week leading up to Princess Diana’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, with exclusive interviews with Diana’s staff, Downing Street advisors, journalists and members of the public. It’s an absorbing must-watch.

The Crown

This Netflix Original series details the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from the 1940s to modern times. From her political dealings to her romances and family, it’s an exhaustive and lavish look inside her life. It has won several awards, including two Golden Globes, and has scads of other nominations including BAFTAs and Emmys. With a stellar cast that only promises to get better as the series moves on, this is one royal drama you want to tune into.

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