Has the Queen’s birthday got you in the mood for some more royalty? Try these (Picture: Netflix)From the birth of William and Kate’s third child Louis to the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the Queen’s 93rd official birthday– it’s been a whirlwind few months for the British institution that is the Royal Family.
To celebrate, we’ve trawled through Netflix’s back catalogue to find the greatest regal films and TV shows on offer. Here’s a look at 10 deserving of a crown.
The Royals were reportedly worried about how this lavish historical drama would bring their recent past back to life.
And yet thanks to masterful performances from Claire Foy as the Queen and Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Peter Morgan’s The Crown has made the monarchy appear more human than any other regal drama.
Indeed, the first two seasons – which cover the period from the Queen’s marriage in 1947 up to the birth of Prince Edward in 1964 – have been worth every penny of the reported £100m budget with its awards count including two Golden Globes, an Emmy and a BAFTA.
If you’ve already enjoyed Netflix’s first costume drama in all of its regal glory, then you can also binge your way through four seasons of this The CW hit based upon the exploits of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Adelaide Kane plays the royal figure whose reign over Scotland began at the tender age of just six-days-old in a highly entertaining mix of soap, historical romance and teen drama.
The Last Kingdom
Based on Bernard Cornwell’s popular The Saxon Stories novels, The Last Kingdom heads even further back in time to the late 9th-century, focusing in particular on King Alfred’s military struggle against the Viking invasion.
David Dawson plays the only British monarch ever to be labelled ‘the great,’ while Alexander Dreymon portrays Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a nobleman torn between his British birthplace and his Danish homeland.
The Other Boleyn Girl
Adapted from Philippa Gregory’s best-selling same-named novel, this 2008 drama takes us back to the complex and often deadly romantic life of King Henry VIII.
Eric Bana plays the 16th-century monarch obsessed with beheading. But it’s his ill-fated second wife Anne (Natalie Portman) and mistress Mary (Scarlett Johansson) who take centre stage in an enjoyable, if not exactly historically accurate, Tudor tale.
Ben Elton, Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson also take plenty of liberties with the truth in the classic 1980s comedy widely regarded as one of the BBC’s best-ever.
Blackadder’s first two seasons are available on Netflix, with the first set in the British Middle Ages as the titular hero attempts to overthrow the purely fictional Richard IV, and the second during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, who is played magnificently by Miranda Richardson.
For an absurdist take on the modern Royal Family, then check out Channel 4’s parody soap opera The Windsors.
Created by the team behind similar celebrity satire Star Stories, the show has seen Kate Middleton catch ebola, Camilla Parker-Bowles fall pregnant and Princess Eugenie and Beatrice become radicalised over the course of two riotously funny seasons.
A Royal Night Out
Set over the course of just 24 hours, A Royal Night Out tells the story of the Queen (then just a mere princess at the time) and her party-loving sister Margaret’s VE day celebrations.
Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method) and Bel Powley (Diary of a Teenage Girl) play the two young royals in a lightweight, but utterly charming, tale of royals going slightly wild.
(Picture: Netflix)If you prefer your Royal Family viewing to be more informative, then there are also several documentaries worth investigating.
Spanning from the Queen’s coronation to Prince George’s birth, this six-part series covers a different aspect in each episode, with topics including pets, funerals, babies, weddings, scandals and young royals.
The Royal House of Windsor
(Picture: Netflix)First screened on Channel 4 last year, this fascinating six-part documentary series delves slightly deeper into the history of the Royal Family than the above.
Boasting unprecedented access to the royal archives, The Royal House of Windsor explores a century’s worth of scandal, power struggles and politics including Edward VIII’s abdication, the death of George V and Charles and Diana’s marriage.
Diana: In Her Own Words
You can also learn more about the people’s princess in three other documentaries on Netflix, The Story of Diana, Diana: In Her Own Words and Seven Days that Shook the World.
Released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, the latter’s examination of a tragedy that rocked the royal family to its core is perhaps the most compelling.
MORE: The 10 best horror shows on Netflix
MORE: 10 Netflix titles to watch on Teachers’ Day