Monarchy

8:35pm Saturday, February 6 on Prime

Documentary Series

Ensuring the success of the Monarchy is very much a team effort – with the Queen and her family supported by a dedicated and diligent staff of more than 300 people known as the Royal Household.

Some staff, like Lord Chamberlain, have titles going back to medieval times. Other positions, like that of press secretary, are a more modern creation. Discover how the household copes with the 24-hour media that never loses interest in Britain’s most famous family, even when the Queen is trying to have a quiet day off.

8:35pm Saturday, January 30 on Prime

Documentary Series

This week, all four of The Queen’s children – The Prince of Wales, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex and The Princess Royal – talk frankly for the first time about their working roles, the jobs which they were born into and which will occupy the rest of their lives. Every year, the Royal Family carry out around 4,000 engagements between them. They call it ‘supporting the Queen’ but they each have their own way of doing things.

8:35pm Saturday, January 23 on Prime

Documentary Series

Every year, the Royal Family perform around 4,000 official engagements between them and meet hundreds of thousands of people. But it’s not all ribbon-cutting and plaque-unveiling. Months – even years – of careful preparation go into these events and The Queen keeps an eye on it all.

In the case of a Palace garden party, every single invitation must be written out by hand and treble-checked by the team of ‘Garden Party Ladies’, a meticulous part-time workforce based at Buckingham Palace. Given that up to 40,000 people are invited to garden parties in London and Edinburgh every year, the ladies are busy for months. See the results of their efforts as people from all over Britain and the world descend on the Palace lawns.

8:30pm Saturday, January 16 on Prime

Documentary Series

Nothing demonstrates the constitutional position of The Queen and her Government quite like the State Opening of Parliament. This episode shows the remarkable preparations for this annual spectacular. The Crown Jewels must be removed, amid great secrecy, from the Tower. Only one person is permitted to touch these treasures, which include some of the largest diamonds in existence.

The most senior Ministers in the land must rehearse their walk-on parts with military precision. It’s harder than it looks. In the Royal Mews, The Queen’s coachmen are putting on 100-year-old costumes, some of which are worth £15,000. Everyone knows the routine. But will it go according to plan?

8:30pm Saturday, January 9 on Prime

Documentary Series

This week’s episode takes a look behind the doors of the Monarchy’s headquarters, Buckingham Palace. With 650 rooms and nearly 40 acres of garden, London’s most famous address is also the Head of State’s official offices, a museum, a residence, a focal point for national celebrations and host to important State occasions.

Every summer, thousands gather here to watch the pageantry of The Queen’s Birthday Parade and the traditional Royal gathering on the Palace balcony. Viewers get a sneak peek at the other side of the balcony as the extended Windsor family gather together for a convivial celebration of The Queen’s official birthday in the Centre Room.

8:30pm Saturday, January 2 on Prime

Documentary

This fantastic documentary series provides an exceptional insight into the world of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family over the course of a year. From major State visits and royal tours to smaller meetings and audiences, the series gives viewers a remarkable picture of how the Monarchy operates at home and abroad.

The series opens with the Palace preparing for the Queen’s imminent State visit to the United States to mark the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown landings in Virginia. The Queen has made several State – and several private – visits to the United States during her reign.

HISTORY CHANNEL – Mondays from 8 June, 7.30pm

Dr David Starkey presents the third series of his complete 20-part history of the British monarchy, beginning in the savage maelstrom of the Wars of the Roses.

HISTORY CHANNEL – Mondays from 4 May, 7.30pm

Dr David Starkey presents the second of three series of his complete 20-part history of the British monarchy, beginning in the savage maelstrom of the Wars of the Roses. The Tudors eventually triumph, and carry the crown of England to its peak. Then the House of Stuart takes the throne, uniting England and Scotland but eventually mishandling both countries. The second series culminates in the English Civil War and a revolution that killed a king, but failed to extirpate royal rule in Britain. And in 1660, the king is returned to the throne.

Friday 8th August 8.30pm

Every year, the Royal Family perform around 4,000 official engagements between them and meet hundreds of thousands of people.
And it’s not all ribbon-cutting and plaque-unveiling. Months – even years – of careful preparation go into these events. And The Queen keeps an eye on it all.

In the case of a Palace garden party, every single invitation must be written out by hand and treble-checked by the team of ‘Garden Party Ladies’, a meticulous part-time workforce based at Buckingham Palace.
Given that up to 40,000 people are invited to garden parties in London and Edinburgh every year, the ladies are busy for months.

‘Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.’
Elizabeth II

Friday 1st August 8.30pm

With 650 rooms and nearly 40 acres of garden, Buckingham Palace is not only London’s most famous address, it is also the Head of State’s official offices, a museum, a residence and a focal point for national celebrations and important State occasions.

Every summer, thousands gather here to watch the pageantry of The Queen’s Birthday Parade and the traditional Royal gathering on the Palace balcony. Viewers are shown the other side of that balcony as the extended Windsor family get together for a convivial celebration of The Queen’s official birthday in the Centre Room.

Away from these occasions, the series highlights the hard work that goes on all year round. The Queen is shown meeting her Private Secretary to go through the agenda for the week ahead. And a trio of Ladies-in-Waiting are at work in a quiet corner of the Palace, going through the Royal postbag and ensuring that every letter receives an answer.