Royals Month on CBC features five new documentaries

This September, Royals Month on CBC is filled with all-new documentaries that examine the key players of the modern-day monarchy, starting with Elizabeth: Wife, Queen, Mother airing on Friday, Sept. 12.

Fly-on-the-wall insider accounts of life in the modern monarchy

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd as she arrives at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

This September, Royals Month on CBC is filled with all-new documentaries which examine the key players of the modern-day monarchy. Starting with Elizabeth: Wife, Queen, Mother on Friday, Sept. 12, which features interviews from the queen's family members, five new documentaries will show a new side of the royals. 

They are fly-on-the-wall insider accounts of life in the modern monarchy, with exclusive interviews with the royal family and insiders who know them best. The five documentaries include:

Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at 8/8:30 NT on CBC-TV

A delightful and intimate account of Queen Elizabeth as told by the people closest to her. Rare interviews with her husband, Prince Philip, son Andrew, Duke of York and her grandchildren, Prince William and Prince Harry, reveal private anecdotes about Queen Elizabeth as she grew up, got married and became a doting grandmother. With unrivalled access to Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, as well as previously unseen private material, the film is a total revelation on the real Queen Elizabeth—wife, mother and grandmother.

The relationship between Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has been the focus of intense scrutiny. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press)

William & Kate: First Year
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 at 8/8:30 PM NT

Featuring respected commentators, this 60-minute special gathers all the delectable detail, intimate moments and juicy gossip surrounding the couple who has captured the world’s imagination. Relive their wedding day in all its glory, from the first glimpse of Kate in that dress to the two kisses on the balcony and the buzz about Pippa’s posterior. Take a peek at their dream honeymoon in the Seychelles and the hype that followed their first trip to North America and Canada as husband and wife. Amid the growing anticipation of an heir, commentators speculate about the challenges that lie ahead for William and Kate, who seem determined to be a modern couple in an ancient institution.

Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, along with son Prince George return home after a successful visit to Australia and New Zealand. (Rob Griffith/Associated Press)

William & Kate: In the South Seas Islands
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at 8/8:30 PM NT on CBC-TV

A rare opportunity to observe the Royal Family at a historic turning point and catch a glimpse of what the future could hold as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge represent the Queen on the South Sea Islands leg of the Diamond Jubilee tour. From the hectic cities of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to the beaches of the Solomon Islands and the remote island of Tuvalu, William and Kate bring their own interpretation of the British monarchy to some of their most enthusiastic supporters. As the world watches, will the younger generation of royals oblige the stiff formality of their parents and grandparents or will they continue to charm the public with a more low-key approach?

Britain's Prince George is seen ahead of his first birthday during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London. (John Stillwell/Reuters)

Prince George at One 
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at 8/8:30 PM NT

Not since the birth of Prince William back in 1982 has the arrival of a new baby been so eagerly anticipated. Twelve months on, Prince George, the future King of England, turns one. We look back at the first year of his life and see how William and Kate are adapting to the role as royal parents. We will also look at how William and Kate have managed to keep traditional royal roles, as well as breaking with protocol to bring up their son in the way they wish. And we look to the future. . .On March 17, William said publicly that "one is enough," but how long will Prince George be an only child?

Prince Harry turns 30 on Sept. 15. (Walking with the Wounded)

Harry at 30
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at 8/8:30 PM NT

Prince Henry of Wales, better known to most as Prince Harry, turns 30 on Sept. 15,  2014. From his birth at St. Mary’s Hospital, to his time at Eton and the moment he broke with royal tradition by shunning university and enrolling in the army, we will see the precarious balancing act between his charitable "gap year" in Lesotho and Australia with his reputation as the "Royal Wild Child." We’ll pay tribute to the man who became the first Royal in more 25 years to be deployed in a war zone when he served on the front line in Afghanistan. And of course, we can’t ignore the wild weekend in Las Vegas that set tongues wagging across the globe. 


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