Victoria and Albert (2001)

Five best Royal modern films

Victoria and Albert (2001)

BBC miniseries depicting the engagement and marriage of Queen Victoria (Victoria Hamilton) and Prince Albert (Jonathan Firth), it predominately focused on the earlier years of their union, featuring performances by Peter Ustinov, Nigel Hawthorne, and David Suchet.

The Lost Prince (2003)

This BBC miniseries portrays the short life of Prince John, the epileptic youngest son of King George V and Queen Mary. While not entirely historically accurate, it is factual and entertaining.

The miniseries also features depictions of other Windsors, including Edward VII (Michael Gambon), Queen Alexandra (Bibi Andersson), George V (Tom Hollander), Queen Mary (Miranda Richardson), and Prince Georgie (Rollo Weeks). Kaiser Wilhelm and Czarina Alexandra are other depicted direct descendents of Queen Victoria.

Bertie and Elizabeth (2002)

The second oldest of George V and Queen Mary’s six children, Bertie, as he was called within the royal family, would become King George VI after the death of his father and abdication of his brother Edward VIII.

This made-for-television movie shows the story of the courtship and marriage of Bertie and his wife Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, future Queen Mother. It focuses on the overcoming of Bertie’s shyness and the effects of the abdication of his brother. It also follows the royal couple’s story through World War II and until Bertie’s early death. Their daughters Elizabeth, the current queen, and Margaret are also depicted.

The Queen’s Sister (2005)

This extremely controversial and sensational made-for-television movie was a semi-fictionalized account of the life of the Queen’s younger sister, Princess Margaret. It follows Margaret’s life from the death of her adored father to her own later years.

The Queen (2006)

This feature film depicts the life of Queen Elizabeth II during the week between the death and funeral of Princess Diana. It follows the events of the public outcry of the nation and catalogs the reaction of the Royal Family. Honored by the Academy with an award for Helen Mirren as best actress – and successful at the box-office – the film is a brilliantly made exploration of duty and feeling.