13 Regal Shows To Watch Ahead of the Royal Wedding

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All eyes are on the British monarchy lately. So much is happening with the Royals, it's hard not to catch royal fever. 
 
Kate Middleton recently welcomed her third child, Prince Louis, with Prince William and now, all eyes are on the younger brother, Prince Harry, as he gets ready to marry the love of his life and former Suits actress, Meghan Markle. 
 
The marriage of TV Royalty with British royalty inspired us to put together a list of our favorite TV shows about the monarchy. 
 
Binge these before May 19th and you’ll be ready for the festive celebrations!
 
And since a few of them are semi-historically accurate, you might even learn a thing or two so you can show off your knowledge during the Royal wedding party. 
 

1. The Crown

The Crown
Think you know everything about Queen Elizabeth II? Think again. The Netflix historical drama gives you a peek into the Queen’s private life. While some moments in the chic period piece are a bit too soapy and exaggerated, for the most part, they give an accurate depiction of her reign, romantic dalliances, political rivalries and the hardships she faced as a woman in power. Claire Foye embraces the role of the Queen while Matt Smith takes on her husband, Prince Phillip. Both seasons are currently available on Netflix.

2. Versailles

Versailles
If you've ever been to the Palace of Versailles, you probably know the story behind it. Currently, in its third season, the BBC series follows King Louis XIV life of France who bankrupted his nation and decided to move his royal court into the palace, formally his father’s hunting lodge. As with all pretty things, the nobles are drawn to it and seek admittance, but little do they know, it's actually a trap. Come for the elaborate sets, stay for the historically-fictional drama, romance and betrayal.

3. The Royals

The Royals
Sometimes, a juicy and over-the-top drama about Britain's finest is just what you need. Filled with murder, sex, and conspiracy, E!'s Royal family is all about scandal. Loosely based on the novel "Falling for Hamlet" by Michelle Ray, it's a satirical take on a monarchy that has more money than common sense. But a look behind those closed palace doors is royally satisfying. Long live Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena.

4. Victoria

Victoria
Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman shines as she establishes herself as Queen Victoria in the PBS period drama that follows her ascension to the throne in the 1800s shortly after the death of her uncle, King William IV. Amidst the scandal, corruption and stunning Victorian-era dresses, Tom Hughes stars as the dashing Prince Albert who woes the young queen.

5. Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey
You can binge-watch the all six seasons since the series, about the lavish and fictional Crawley family, ended back in 2015. At the start of the series, Downtown Abbey’s future is in jeopardy as all the preemptive heirs perished during the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912. If you need any more convincing, the series took home multiple Emmys and stars the beloved Maggie Smith!

6. Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall is a historical drama based on the Tudor era but told for a modern audience. The six-part series is an adaptation of novels of Hilary Mantel's novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. The astute anti-hero, Thomas Cromwell, finds himself thrust into the dangerous role of King Henry VII’s chief minister and his rise to power is gripping watch. The BBC series also garnered several BAFTA awards.

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