Critics Say These Are The Best TV Shows & Movies Based On The British Royal Family

Published on 04/04/2021
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Now more than ever, the British Royal family are amongst the most famous people in the world. And course, this all stands for good reason. With all the current interesting events and happenings linked to the royals, countless brilliant TV shows and films have begun to surface. Whether it’s documentaries that have genuinely portrayed a British royal or a fascinating historical-drama film that retells a phenomenal story.
There is no doubt that the world is captivated by anything royal-themed that can get their eyes on to. Keep reading to see some of the best Best TV Shows & Movies that are based on the British Royal Family

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Critics Say These Are The Best TV Shows & Movies Based On The British Royal Family

THE CROWN

This 2006 4 season series called The Crown is a historical drama based on the history of the British Royal Family. This incredible TV show has gained countless amount of fans from all over the world, including Prince Harry himself. This incredible drama follows the political romances and rivalries of Queen Elizabeth II. Starring Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth herself, the series covers her life from her wedding to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh back in 1947 to the current daily events within the Royal family. This series has been highly rated and is a definite must-watch!

THE CROWN

THE CROWN

THE QUEEN

This 2006 novelized drama portrays how the British Royal Family reacted to the death of Princess Diana in 1997. The hesitations by Buckingham Palace to mourn Diana perceived as a public disaster. However, the Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom takes the responsibility to persuade the Queen to pay tribute and respect to the late Princess of Wales, Helen Mirren stars as Queen Elizabeth II which lead her to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was also invited to dinner at Buckingham Palace by the Queen after its release. How amazing is that?

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THE QUEEN

THE ROYALS

The Royals is set in present-day London. The series premiered back in 2015 and only lasted for 4 seasons. However, this excellent drama tells the story of how the matriarch of a fictional, modern-day royal family struggles with both common and unconventional family issues. Additionally, the story follows the rest of the royal family as their lives are filled with love, sizzling scandals, and of course loads of lavishness. The Royals stars the gorgeous Elizabeth Hurley as well.

THE ROYALS

THE ROYALS

WILLIAM & KATE: A REAL LOVE STORY

For those who are completely obsessed with Duke and Duchess of Sussex, this is a definite must-watch! This 2011 romantic drama-documentary was solely inspired by the famous royal wedding along with the recounting of all the ups and downs associated with the nine-year courtship of Kate Middleton and Prince William. While at university, Prince William Catherine Middleton falls in love, however, their relationship becomes affected by the intense scrutiny by the media.

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WILLIAM & KATE: A REAL LOVE STORY

THE KING’S SPEECH

The King’s Speech won a large number of awards and for all the right reasons. It was also classified as one of the best movies of 2010. The King’s Speech stars Colin Firth as he portrays the struggles King George VI had with his stutter and speech problem. A captivating look into the struggles and hardships  King George VI faces as he tries to overcome his major communication dilemma. Based on the true story of Queen Elizabeth II’s father that takes place during such an important period of time. Critics claim that The King’s Speech is easily one of the most extraordinary films ever made.

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THE KING’S SPEECH

DIANA

This 2013 film stars Naomi Watts as she plays Princess Diana. The romantic drama is centered around the final two years of Diana’s life. During this time she puts all her efforts into the fight against the use of land mines, and at the same time, she is having a secret yet passionate love affair with a British-Pakistani heart and lung surgeon. After its release, there were many conflicting reviews about the movie and how the former Princess was depicted. However, this biographical drama film is for sure an interesting one to watch.

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DIANA

BRIDGERTON

If you don’t know by now but Bridgerton has people all over the world watching this remarkable series. This eight-episode romantic-drama TV show has become the most-watched series on Netflix in just 3 short months. So what exactly Bridgerton all about? This amazing storyline follows the noble Bridgerton family in Regency-era London in 1813. The series focuses on wealth, desire, and betrayal, so if you’re into the romantic love scandal, this is definitely the movie for you!

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BRIDGERTON

ELIZABETH

The historical- drama film, Elizrth is actually not as new as the other entries on this list. But, it is still considered to be an incredibly powerful film that even won several different awards. The movies follow the earlier years of Queen Elizabeth I as she is crowned the Queen of England. During her reign, she faces many challenges and difficulties while learning the ins and outs to be a monarch. The amazing Cate Blanchett stars as Queen Elizabeth I who in 1558 was just 25 years old. The way she succeeded and blossomed is greatly recognized in the film.

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ELIZABETH

THE WINDSORS

This parody TV show is about the British royal family. This light-hearted yet highly amusing  3 season series pokes fun at the royal family as they endure many trials and tribulations. The show also offers a bizarre glimpse inside life behind the palace doors So, If you’re looking to watch something extremely comical and about the famous royal family – this is certainly the show for you!

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THE WINDSORS

THE QUEEN’S CORGI

This next one is not just for the kids, trust us, the whole family will definitely enjoy this wonderful film. The animated comedy was released in 2019 and tells the story of the Queen’s favorite dogs. Inspired by Queen Elizabeth II and her adorable dog Rex. He gets lost outside of the palace and then finds themselves in the middle of a dog fight club. Viewers get to experience his long journey as he tried to find his way back home.

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The Queen’s Corgi

THE DUCHESS

This 2008 British romantic drama featuring Kiera Knightly is without a doubt one of the best movies from this decade. For those who aren’t so familiar with the film, it is based on the real-life Duchess of Devonshire of the 18th-century who realizes she stuck in a less than ideal marriage with a man who only wants her son. This film is highly moving and even depressing at times. The Duchess won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated for Best Art Direction.

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The Duchess

A ROYAL NIGHT OUT

A Royal Night Out is a cheerful, romantic comedy that was actually released several years ago. This film tells an “untold story” of the famous royal family and will leave viewers smiling for days. The young Princess Elizabeth decides to venture out of Buckingham Palace for one night, of course with permission from her dad, the king. She and her sister Princess Margaret were going to participate in the VE Day celebrations in London back in 1945. As the movie is inspired by true events, viewers are caught glued to their screens.

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A Royal Night Out

THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT

The 2020 historical series, The Queen’s Gambit was a huge hit amongst millions of viewers all over the world. The show is set during the time of the Cold War and tells the story of an orphaned chess sensation who struggles with addiction while on the journey to become the greatest chess player on the planet. Although the story itself is fictional, the compelling story received scores of positive reviews and even managed to wins numerous different awards.

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The Queen’s Gambit

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

When it comes to replicating the British royals in TV shows and films, most of the time this is done so in historical dramas. And the brilliant female-directed film, Mary Queen of Scots is no different. For people who love deep history that involves the royals, this is for sure the movie for you. Not only does it feature the amazing Margot Robbie but also tells the tale of two queens of the era, Mary of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I. The pair are famously known for battling each other for the right to England’s crown.  The movie comes highly recommend and was also nominated for several awards.

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Mary Queen Of Scots

ROYAL FAMILY

Our list could not ever be complete without including at least one documentary about the royal family.  And of course, we needed to include, Royal Family. The British television documentary about the family of Queen Elizabeth II originally aired in June 1969 and is said to originally be Prince Charle’s idea. Fortunately, the film attracted over 30 million viewers in the United Kingdom alone and was then sold around the world and seen by an estimated 350 million people. People were pleasantly surprised to finally catch a glimpse inside the house of the Royal family and learned that they were just like any other regular family.

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Royal Family

THE QUEEN’S SISTER

The Queen’s Sister is actually not as possible as it should be. Perhaps because the movie is based on the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret. In any case, the film shows how Princess Margaret led a pretty pretentious lifestyle and had a bash of romantic relationships, some of which were quite controversial (especially since she was a royal after all). Despite actress, Lucy Cohu delivering an exceptional performance in her role, at times the movie is quite clear-cut and distinctive.

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The Queen’s Sister

DIANA: 7 DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD

This documentary was originally released on the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.  Diana: 7 Days That Shook The World documents the seven devastating days after Lady Di’s sudden death in 1997. The profound film not only included coverage of the public’s reaction to the tragedy but also included short interviews with Prince William and Prince Harry. This documentary is extremely touching and for those who have never seen it, definitely need to watch it at least once.

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Diana: 7 Days That Shook The World

SERVING THE ROYALS: INSIDE THE FIRM

For royal fans who are extra curious as to what goes on behind-the-scenes in the palace, this is a definite must-watch! Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm is a film that shows the 1,200 ‘servants,’ consultants, advisers, and guards working for Britain’s House of Windsor. These important individuals do everything, from walk the royal corgis, iron the Queen’s sheets, and even polish Prince Charle’s shoes. This unique documentary shows just how these people live to serve the monarchy and shed light on how the royal family operates behind the scenes. Very interesting, to say the least!

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Serving The Royals: Inside The Firm

THE LETTER FOR THE KING

So if the truth is told, The Letter for the King is not exactly based on the British royal family but still has a slight royal touch to it. So why did we add it to our list? Well for starters, this TV series was just released one year ago and is quite extraordinary. The show is about a young, aspiring knight who finds himself on a dangerous mission to deliver a secret letter to the King. This adventure-filled series may not be for everyone, but is still worth a watch!

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The Letter For The King

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