Next week will be Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday. To celebrate starting Saturday June 10th, BritBox will stream a variety of programs including rare documentaries about The Queen that has never before seen in the U.S. and special ceremonial events planned to rollout over the course of the week. The festivities wrap on June 17th with the exclusive US premiere of the annual pageant filled parade – Trooping the Colour – available as part of BritBox’s “NOW” offerings.
Here is what you can expect:
Update: Britbox contacted Cord Cutters News today to let us know a few dates have changed. We have updated the list with the new dates.
- The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – This fascinating documentary reveals the behind the scenes story of the momentous occasion, drawing on hitherto unseen archives and made with the co-operation of Buckingham Palace.
- Days of Majesty – This stunning film, made to mark the 40th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, presents a colourful and fascinating celebration of Britain’s royal ceremonies – from the Trooping of the Colour to the Ceremony of the Keys.
- A Jubilee Tribute to The Queen by The Prince of Wales (SVOD Premiere) – In this 2012 documentary, making use of his family’s home movies, Prince Charles shares his memories of the private side of his mother, The Queen.
- Our Queen (SVOD Premiere) – This feature-length documentary was filmed throughout 2012, providing an in-depth portrait of Elizabeth II during her Diamond Jubilee year. Prince Charles and other members of the royal family share their stories, providing insights into The Queen’s life over an important and busy twelve months filled with celebrations.
- A Queen is Crowned (BritBox Premiere) – When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2nd June 1953, leading cinematic artists were commissioned to create the only feature-length Technicolor record of the coronation.
Narrated by Laurence Olivier and written by renowned playwright Christopher Fry, this epic documentary conveys the sights and sounds, the pomp and pageantry, the very spirit of that unforgettable day.
- The Queen’s Palaces – The Queen’s Palaces showcases the art and architecture, the interior decoration and the treasures stored inside these fabulous buildings and reveals the surprising and fascinating stories behind them.
Antiques Roadshow’s Fiona Bruce hosts.
- Royal London – They are the most famous celebrity family – their public appearances, private disputes and personal lives make headlines the world over. Now take a Royals’ eye tour of one of the world’s most famous capital cities as this fascinating documentary gives a historic and contemporary insight into centuries of Royal tradition, pomp, circumstance. Featuring a showcase of the world famous Crown Jewels and the truth behind the Queen’s permanent residence, Buckingham Palace.
- The Royal Journey (U.S. Exclusive Premiere)– This is a rare documentary account—and 1952 British Academy Film Award winner−of the five-week visit of Princess Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh to Canada and the United States in fall 1951. Eight cameramen and a team of technicians captured the couple touring Quebec City, crossing the Rockies on the royal train and meeting President Truman.
- The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration (U.S. Exclusive Premiere) – A 2017 BAFTA award winner. The pageant to mark the 90th birthday of Britain’s longest serving monarch and much-loved Queen Elizabeth II was the show of a lifetime. The celebration, hosted by popular UK TV presenters Ant & Dec, brought together 900 horses, 1500 performers, international stars—including Dame Helen Mirren, Kylie Minogue, Damian Lewis, and Andrea Bocelli—and traditional institutions to tell the story of a remarkable life dedicated to duty.
- Trooping the Colour (BritBox NOW; June 17th) – This “live event” is an impressive display of pageantry by The Queen’s personal troops, the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade. Presented on BritBox NOW only hours after it airs in the UK.
- 70 Glorious Years (SVOD Premiere) – Trevor McDonald presents this affectionate, amusing and informal portrait of the Queen on her 70th birthday, told by her friends, associates and attendants.
- Gentlemen, The Queen (SVOD Premiere) – Compiled in 1953, this is a scrapbook-style documentary about Britain’s Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. This rare documentary was created to introduce the new Queen to the world. Produced by J. Arthur Rank Organization.
- Cameraman to The Queen (U.S. Exclusive Premiere) – Few people have enjoyed such close access to Queen Elizabeth II as cameraman Peter Wilkinson. Over twenty years filming royal events he has formed a close friendship with the monarch and he has been with her through times of national importance, international diplomacy and personal tragedy, always focusing on Elizabeth. With unique footage taken by Peter himself, Cameraman to The Queen is a moving tribute to his dedication and loyalty. From the awesome grandeur of state events to the moving personal moments of a much-loved public figure, Peter’s work gives a unique insight into the life of Britain’s longest- serving monarch.
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