Queen Elizabeth II, British and European monarchies past and present

  • Life of Elizabeth II

    18 videos

    From the Queen's early years to her Diamond Jubilee

  • Former Kings & Queens

    9 videos

    British royals before Elizabeth II

  • British Royal Children of the 20th Century

    Relive the formative years of Britain’s most famous 20th-century princes and princesses – including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry – in this comprehensive and nostalgic overview of public appearances by young royals. From British Pathé TV's Royalty Collection.

  • British Royal Weddings of the 20th Century

    Throughout the 20th century, royal weddings were events of majestic splendour. People would camp out in the streets of London to get a prime location for the procession. They would gather for a glimpse of the newly-married couple on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. In this film, we relive the ma...

  • Drums for a Queen

    Journey with the Queen to West Africa through this wonderful 1961 documentary narrated by Anthony Quayle. From British Pathé TV's Royalty Collection.

  • Edward and George: Two Brothers, One Throne

    The complex relationship between royal brothers Edward VIII and George VI, who were both at the heart of the infamous abdication crisis of 1936, is the subject of this excellent documentary. From British Pathé TV's Royalty Collection.

  • Elizabeth Is Queen

    This spectacular 1953 documentary, released in cinemas, records the events of Elizabeth II’s coronation day in glorious colour. From British Pathé TV's Royalty Collection.

  • George VI Coronation Special

    With its vintage commentary, this marvellous timepiece is the original 1937 coverage of the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth that fascinated cinemagoers in a time before television news. From British Pathé TV's Royalty Collection.

  • Princess Margaret: Her Real Life Story

    She was born in 1930 with intelligence, wealth, position and good looks. Prevented from marrying her first love Peter Townsend and forced to live in the shadow of her sister, Queen Elizabeth, Margaret was described as a "Princess without a vocation". This biography explores the reality behind the...

  • Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother: A Woman of Her Century

    Born on August 4th 1900, one of nine children, the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon - known around the world as "The Queen Mother" - spanned the 20th Century. When she died in 2002 she was 102 years old. From British Pathé TV's Royalty Collection.

  • May Wedding

    Film about the marriage of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones. Narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave.

  • Royal Review

    This 1953 documentary short chronicles, in wonderful colour cinematography, the activities of Elizabeth II during the month of her coronation, including a trip to the Derby.

  • Royal Tour of India

    The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh sail the royal yacht Britannia to India where they tour that ancient land followed by a British Pathé film crew, resulting in a classic 1961 documentary. From British Pathé TV's Royalty Collection.

  • Royal Tour: Part One – West Indies

    The first of three marvellous films documenting the Royal Tour of the Commonwealth by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1953-54. In this part, they visit Jamaica. From British Pathé TV's Royalty Collection.

  • Royal Tour: Part Three – New Zealand

    In the third and final part of this series documenting the 1953-54 Royal Tour of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit the beautiful country of New Zealand. From British Pathé TV's Royalty Collection.

  • Royal Tour: Part Two – Fiji and Tonga

    The second of three marvellous documentaries chronicling the 1953-54 Royal Tour sees the Queen and Prince Philip explore the islands of Fiji and Tonga. From British Pathé TV's Royalty Collection.

  • Royal Weddings on Film

    Before the 20th century, royal weddings in Britain were celebrated behind closed doors - until 1923, when the later King George VI married a Scottish beauty, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Following months of archive research, all these historic wedding days, some seldom seen, have been brought together f...

  • The Queen's Diamond Decades

    1 season

    Diamond Decades tells the definitive history of Her Majesty the Queen, from the beginning of her reign to the Diamond Jubilee.

  • The Queen's Diamond Decades - 1950s

    In 1952, the sudden death of King George VI changed Elizabeth’s life for ever. The monarch was just 25 when she came to the throne. Winston Churchill was her first prime minister. Britain was still bandaging its war wounds and the Coronation sparked the biggest party since VE Day.

  • The Queen's Diamond Decades - 1960s

    The arrival of the 1960s found Britain in an optimistic mood. Post-war austerity had given way to something of a consumer boom and the times were changing. The Royal Family was expanding fast. The Queen gave birth to Prince Andrew in 1960, ten years after Princess Anne. And Prince Edward was born...

  • The Queen's Diamond Decades - 1970s

    The 1970s were a mix of gloom and glitter. The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated 25 years of marriage, and their daughter, Princess Anne, wed fellow equestrian Mark Phillips. But the Troubles in Ireland spread to mainland Britain, strikes forced a three-day working week, and a fuel crisis sparke...

  • The Queen's Diamond Decades - 1980s

    When the 80s began, there was one question on everybody’s lips: whom would Prince Charles, the world’s most eligible bachelor, take for a bride? We soon had our answer and Lady Diana Spencer became famous around the world. A politically charged decade ended with the exhilarating fall of the Berli...

  • The Queen's Diamond Decades - 1990s

    The 90s began joyously for the Queen, as she welcomed her 6th grandchild and prepared for her 40th year on the throne. But this decade, the monarchy endured some of its worst crises. Her Majesty proclaimed 1992 her "annus horribilis" as 3 of her children suffered marital breakdowns and Windsor Ca...

  • The Queen's Diamond Decades - Jubilee

    This is the story of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. From nationwide street parties to spectacular pomp and pageantry on the river Thames, millions turned out to thank Queen Elizabeth II for 60 years of selfless dedication.