10 Movies and TV Shows about Queen Elizabeth II to Stream

Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, we are looking back on famous portrayals and appearances of the queen on screen.

How to watch Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is scheduled to take place on Monday, September 19, 2022, which will be a bank holiday in England. The funeral will begin at 11:00am BST (6:00am ET / 4:00am MT). Before the funeral, Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin will lay in state Westminster Hall for five days of public mourning that will be live streamed on the BBC website, iPlayer, and BBC Parliament. The UK is in a period of Royal Mourning, according to King Charles III, from now until seven days following Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

The official schedule for the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral has not been confirmed, but we know the state funeral will take place in London at Westminster Abbey. The funeral will be televised in the UK on BBC One and livestreamed in the UK via BBC iPlayer. US news organizations will be in London for the funeral, but we do not know if they are going to be livestreaming the funeral.

Update:PBS announced that they will be offering live coverage of the Queen’s funeral, Monday September 19, from 4:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET). They will also have a primetime special from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (ET) that night. You can watch PBS coverage on PBS, PBS.org, and with the PBS Video app.

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in Great Britain’s history, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Remembrances are taking place across Britain and the world, and people are sharing their favorite pop culture moments of the queen—from marmalade sandwiches with Paddington bear this summer to jumping out of a helicopter with James Bond at the 2012 Summer Olympics (#4 on our list).

Who was Queen Elizabeth II?

Queen Elizabeth II was 96 years old and the longest-reigning monarch in Great Britain’s history. She began her reign seven years after the end of World War II, at the age of twenty-five, and served into the 21st century. During her time as queen, she oversaw a changing world from the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the decolonization of Africa, the devolution of the United Kingdom, and Britain’s entrance (and later exit) into the European Union.

In recent years, Queen Elizabeth II’s health was in decline; she suffered from mobility issues and had a bout with COVID-19 in February 2022. Queen Elizabeth II was predeceased by her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away in 2021 at 99 years old. The couple had been married for 73 years.

Following Queen Elizabeth II’s death, her eldest son is now King of England: King Charles III. Queen Elizabeth II’s children—King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward—survive her and were present or traveling to Balmoral before her death on September 8.

During her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II embraced a changing media landscape. Her coronation in 1953 was the first to be televised, and she later moved Christmas messages from radio broadcasts to television. In recent years, the monarchy moved online, creating a website, Twitter account, YouTube channel, and Instagram page.

If you want to learn more about the queen and royal family, we put together a list of 10 Queen Elizabeth II movies and TV shows to stream today. We couldn’t include everything, and a few options aren’t available to watch anywhere—the 1969 documentary The Royal Family has been locked in a vault for years—but this list offers something for everyone remembering Queen Elizabeth II.

10. Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute (2016)

Commemorating the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, this BBC documentary offers extensive footage shot by the royal family and shown publicly for the first time. It also includes interviews with members of the royal family, including King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince William, and Prince Harry. The documentary is a remarkable inside look at Queen Elizabeth II from those who knew her best: her family.

Stream Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute on PLEX (free), Philo, and fuboTV (with subscription) or rent it with Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.

9. A Royal Night Out (2015)

This romantic comedy-drama stars Sarah Gadon as a young Queen Elizabeth II (then known as Princess Elizabeth) and Bel Powley as her sister Princess Margaret. The two teenagers venture out of Buckingham Palace on Victory Day at the end of World War II. The film is a fun and charming excursion based on actual events and lets you see Elizabeth before she became queen seven years later.

Stream A Royal Night Out on Paramount+ and SHOWTIME or rent it with Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.

8. The Queen at War (2020)

PBS documentary The Queen at War explores Queen Elizabeth II’s time as a nurse during World War II (while her father was king and she was princess) and how that shaped her worldview and reign. As they say in the doc, “The war really made her a queen,” so watch this one to see the origins of the longest-reigning British monarch.

Stream The Queen at War on PBS or with PBS Passport.

Still from the PBS documentary "The Queen at War"

7. The King’s Speech (2010)

Starring Colin Firth as King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II, The King’s Speech won four Oscars and tells the story of King George VI’s stammer and the speech therapist who helps him. There’s royal family drama too: after his brother abdicates the throne, George becomes king and sets the succession line that leads to Queen Elizabeth II years later.

Stream The King’s Speech on STARZ or rent it with Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.

6. Platinum Jubilee (2022)

Marking Queen Elizabeth II’s historic platinum jubilee for 70 years on the throne, this celebration brought together Britons and the Commonwealth for a holiday weekend. A cornerstone of that weekend was the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which can be found on YouTube, along with the Birthday Parade and other celebrations. The pageant is a great commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II’s impact on British culture over seven decades.

Watch The Platinum Jubilee on YouTube.

Photograph from Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

5. In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II (2015)

Using Queen Elizabeth II’s own words from speeches and interviews, this PBS documentary explores the life and reign of Elizabeth from childhood to the 21st century. The documentary also includes interviews with historical figures that met or impacted Queen Elizabeth II along the way.

Stream In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II on PBS until September 21 or rent it on iTunes.

Image of a young Queen Elizabeth II from the PBS documentary "In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II"

4. Olympics with James Bond (2012) & Platinum Jubilee with Paddington (2022)

Now for two personal favorites: “Happy and Glorious” and “Ma’amalade sandwich Your Majesty?”. These two shorts were created for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, respectively, and put Queen Elizabeth II squarely in 20th-century British pop culture with James Bond and Paddington Bear. The best part is they are both short that you can watch them over and over again.

Stream both “Happy and Glorious” and “Ma’amalde sandwich Your Majesty?” on YouTube.

Screengrab from the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony skit with Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond
Screengrab from the Platinum Jubilee skit with Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington.

3. Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen (2022)

“The Queen, as she’s never been seen before.” That’s how the BBC marketed this documentary aired for the Platinum Jubilee, and, honestly, they’re right. Compiled of 400 reels of previously unseen footage and home movies, Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen shows her as a child through young motherhood with King Charles III and Princess Anne before Elizabeth became queen. It’s a nostalgic and moving documentary that suggests the passage of time.

Stream Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen on Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, BBC Select, or BBC iPlayer.

2. The Queen (2006)

One of the most well-known movies about Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen is a drama written by Peter Morgan (who would later create The Crown) and directed by Stephen Daldry. The film is set in 1997 and depicts events following the death Diana, Princess of Wales, and how Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Prince Charles (now King Charles III) deal with the aftermath in the public eye. Helen Mirren won an Oscar for the role and was praised by the queen herself.

Stream The Queen on HBO Max or rent it with Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.

1. The Crown (2016-present)

Following the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II from her marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, through the early 21st century, The Crown is one of the most popular Netflix series and has won 21 Emmy Awards in four seasons. Created by Peter Morgan and starring three different casts as the royal family over the years (including Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, and Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II), the show is currently filming its fifth and sixth seasons, which will be the final two of the series.

Stream all four seasons of The Crown on Netflix.

If you’re still looking for more to watch, ITV and the BBC have numerous documentaries available on Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family while PBS has a collection of 12 documentaries and clips streaming online. Plus the royal family has a YouTube channel with archived clips from the past and behind-the-scenes features.

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