The British monarchy makes for some fantastic binging on Netflix. We’ve picked out the best royal documentaries, TV series and movies currently on Netflix. So if you’re in the mood for some royal-related programming, here are our top picks.
With all the recent Royal activity, we thought a little aristocratic 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 (2014)
Runtime: 54 minutes
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, discover the world of the people who risk their lives to protect the queen.
9. Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King (2015)
Runtime: 47 minutes
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?
8. Very British Problems (2 Seasons)
Type: TV Series
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.
7. The Young Victoria (2009)
Runtime: 104 minutes
For a look a little further back in the family tree, check out The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt and produced by Martin Scorsese. This film is about the early years of Queen Victoria’s rule, from her life as a teenage ruler up to her romance with Prince Albert and the birth of their first child.
6. The Royals (1 Season)
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.
5. Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute (2016)
Runtime: 99 minutes
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.
4. A Royal Night Out (2015)
Runtime: 97 minutes
Inspired by true events, this film tells the story of a soon-to-be queen and her sister who snuck out of Buckingham Palace to party. After six grueling years, World War II ends and the streets of London fill with celebrants. Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret join the fray and mingle with the commoners on V-E Day and make it an experience they will never forget.
3. The Royal House of Windsor (1 Seasons)
This six-part docuseries looks at the history of the royal family and the origins of the Windsors. Throughout the last 100 years, they have survived everything from politics to power struggles and we get an in-depth look at the family dynamics, how they have persevered, and the events that shaped the family into who they are today.
2. The Windsors (2 Seasons)
Type: TV Series
This imperial parody is a show about the royal family as you have never seen them before. It’s a soap opera take on Kensington Palace with storylines such as the Duchess of Cambridge catching ebola and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie being radicalized. And guess what? Prince William gives it two thumbs up.
Season 2 was just recently added to Netflix too.
1. The Crown (2 Seasons) Netflix Original
Type: TV Series
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.