10 TV Shows and Movies To Watch About the Queen

By Giovanna Maistro Brasolin

On Sept. 8, the world mourned the passing of the female monarch with the longest reign. Even if you didn’t follow the British royal family, you have definitely heard of Queen Elizabeth II. Be it because of the 71 years of service to her nation, or the memes that are constantly being shared online, we have all seen her face at least once. Countless documentaries and movies, as well as a few TV shows, have been made in her honor. Here are 10 TV productions about this beloved queen. 

  1. Elizabeth: A Portrait in Part(s) (2022)

Where to stream: Paramount+, Showtime, Roku, Hulu, and Spectrum TV

Directed by Roger Michell and released on April 1, 2022, this documentary follows the queen’s life from the time she ascended into power until this year, at the age of 95. Apart from Queen Elizabeth II, the cast also features Rowan Atkinson and The Beatles.

  1. Elizabeth the Unseen Queen (2022)

Where to stream: HBO Max, Hulu, and Roku

To celebrate the queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a compilation of home videos featuring the queen was recorded by the royal family. That footage was made into a documentary film, which aired on May 29, 2022, on BBC One. Among the videos, the audience can watch moments of her engagement at Balmoral and some behind-the-scenes of the family’s first international tour. 

  1. Elizabeth and Margaret: Love and Loyalty (2020)

Where to stream: Netflix

This is an hour-and-a-half-long documentary film that gives the audience an inside look into the misunderstood sisterly bond between Queen Elizabeth II and her younger sister, Princess Margaret through archival footage. Directed by Lucy Swingler and Stephanie Wessell, the film was released on Sept. 26, 2020, on Channel 5 (UK), but only got into Netflix’s catalog on March 26, 2021.

  1. The Royal House of Windsor (2017)

Where to stream: Netflix

If you were ever looking for information on how the British royal family withstood four generations of crisis and stayed in power for over 100 years, this is the tv show for you. With only one season, the series gives you a glimpse into Windsor Palace, sharing some information about this beloved family. The six-episode season premiered on Feb. 22, 2017.

  1. The Crown (2016-2023)

Where to stream: Netflix

The Netflix original won many awards throughout the years and its final season will be released in 2023. Peter Morgan wrote this historical drama series that Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures produced. The story follows how Elizabeth II went from a young newlywed to the most famous queen in the world after faking a relationship with Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. 

  1. Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute (2016)

Where to stream: fuboTV, Philo, PLEX

It’s not every day that the monarch with the longest reign turns 90, so BBC produced a documentary film to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday. Directed by John Bridcut and narrated by Charles, Prince of Wales, this tribute to the queen premiered on April 21, 2016.  

  1. A Royal Night Out (2015)

Where to stream: Amazon Prime Video

This fictionalized romantic comedy-drama film was released on Nov. 25, 2015, in the USA. The plot follows Princess Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and her younger sister Margaret (Bel Powley) as they join the people outside Buckingham Palace to celebrate VE Day in 1995. It portrays a different side of the monarchy in which the young queen can be seen as a cheerful teenager despite the pressure of her title.

  1. The Majestic Life of Queen Elizabeth II (2012)

Where to stream: Amazon Prime Video, tubi

The High Definition documentary explores Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. In a mix of expert commentary and rare footage, the audience can learn more about big events like Elizabeth’s father’s (King George VI) passing and William and Kate’s wedding. The experts giving commentary in the film are Robert Lacy, Nicholas Owen, Tim Heald, Ingrid Seward, and Gyles Brandreth. 

  1. The King’s Speech (2010)

Where to stream: Starz, Hulu, Sling TV, Amazon Prime Video, Philo

In this British historical drama released on Nov. 26, 2010, Prince Albert (Colin Firth) must face his speech limitations to ascend the throne as King George VI. Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) hires the Australian actor and speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) to remedy that problem. As Logue helps the prince work through his shortcomings, a beautiful friendship blooms between the two men.

  1. The Queen (2006)

Where to stream: Hulu, HBO Max, Roku, Spectrum TV

On Oct. 6, 2006, the historical drama film that got Helen Mirren a Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II premiered. The film shows how the royal family navigated life following Princess Diana’s tragic death. It also explores the queen’s hesitance in making a statement about what happened and putting a target on her back as well as on the backs of her loved ones.

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