Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, Season 1 Episode 5.
Even in the United States, we’ve been captured by the British royal family. From Queen Elizabeth’s ascension in Netflix hit The Crown to Princess Elizabeth moments in The King’s Speech, film and TV are enamored with the Winsdors. Looking back on her unprecedented reign, we’ve rounded up all of the fun, tense and intriguing television and films about Queen Elizabeth II.
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In May, the BBC aired a documentary of home movies by the British royal family to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Even under the approved eye of the Windsors, audiences get a glimpse of rare private moments from the Queen’s life, including her engagement at Balmoral and footage from her first tour abroad.
Where to Watch: HBO Max
Set after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, this biographical drama earned Helen Mirren, who played Queen Elizabeth, an Academy Award for best actress.
Where to Watch: Paramount Plus, Showtime, The Roku Channel
Starring Sarah Gadon and Bel Powley as Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, respectively, the royal duo are granted a night out to join the celebrations of V.E. Day in 1945 (Victory in Europe Day that marked the end of World War II). As peace ascends upon Europe, the sisters experience a night of excitement, danger and romance.
Where to Watch: Netflix
Since 2016, Peter Morgan’s Netflix series has captured the tragedy, tensions, drama and occasional excitement surrounding the British royal family with a deep focus on Queen Elizabeth from coronation and onward. The award-winning series has featured Claire Foy and Olivia Colman as the British royal leader.
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Where to Watch: Showtime
From the director of Notting Hill, Roger Michell’s final film is devoted to celebrating the longest lived British monarch. Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts captures the Queen’s historical achievements and takes a glimpse into her personal life.
From BAFTA-winning director Edward Mirzoeff, Elizabeth R was the first monarchy-approved documentary about the royal family since 1969 and scopes in with unprecedented access to the Queen’s Ruby Jubilee year.
Where to Watch: Netflix
The wide popularity of The Crown suggests many of us are at least aware Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret have a complicated relationship. Exploring that bond, Love and Loyalty examines the sister’s widely misunderstood relationship through intimate examination.
Where to Watch: Starz
Winner of Academy Awards for best picture, director, actor and original screenplay, The King’s Speech chronicles King George VI’s overcoming of his stammer upon his sudden ascension to the throne in 1936. In the film, we see a young, dramatized version of Elizabeth (played by Freya Wilson) long before her days as queen.
Where to Watch: Hulu
A humming psychological drama that captures Princess Diana at her breaking point, Spencer scopes in on the British royal family’s Christmas celebrations at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. As Diana wades through an existential crisis about divorcing Prince Charles, the Windors continue their by-the-book holiday celebrations to meet the expectations of the Queen and their country.
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