As Meghan Markle walks down the aisle to be wedded to Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel, the world waits with baited breath knowing that her life is about to change forever. Know more about the pressures of being in the British royal family through these documentaries made on the family. By Radhika Sikaria

 

Being a royal comes with it own roses and thorns. The affairs of the family are a close-guarded secret. So it understandable that the live telecast of the wedding ceremony of a member of House of Windsor, has viewers glued to their television sets. Before you set out to view the live telecast of the wedding on TLC between 2.30pm and 6.30pm IST, find out more about the royal life with these documentaries and TV shows.

 

Britain’s Royal Weddings, BBC One

The documentary traces the story of the family through people who were present at the previous weddings. Right from the Queen Mother to Princess Anne, you’ll learn about how traditions were moulded over generations to keep up with the changing times. Know first-hand what it feels like to exchange vows as the world watches. 

 

A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen by the Prince of Wales

On the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012, her son, Prince Charles provided a unique and heartwarming perspective on Queen Elizabeth through culled out archive footage and interviews. It is one of the most intimate displays of the Queen’s life as a monarch as well as a mother. 

 

 

Windsor Castle: A Royal Year, BBC

Queen Elizabeth’s home, The Windsor Castle, is filled with royal secrets. Through this documentary, you are invited into the intimate areas of the castle. Watch as members of the staff share details of what goes into maintaining a place of such big stature and organise lavish dinners and ceremonies. 

 

 

Gentlemen, the Queen

This 1953 documentary introduced Queen Elizabeth II to the world prior to her coronation that same year. The documentary includes her childhood, her father’s coronation, her time as an automobile mechanic in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, and her engagement to Prince Phillip. Maybe Meghan should watch this, too?

 

 

The Royals, Netflix

The ultimate binge-worthy six-episode guide to everything royal—right from weddings, funerals, teens, scandals, babies, and pets. The documentary showcases the impact of the royal family on the world through interviews and footage. Watch it here after the wedding is over.