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CBC Gem is Canada’s one-stop shop for Royal Family documentaries

CBC Gem is Canada’s one-stop shop for Royal Family documentaries

Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham estate at Christmas, 2019. (Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Use your time inside to get to know our sovereign, the Queen of England (and Canada) a little better. CBC Gem is home to an incredible selection of documentaries about Elizabeth II, her family, and their history. Whether you're looking for a deep historical analysis, gossipy takes on Royal Family dynamics, or just a great common wealth of royal facts, CBC Docs has a kingdom of content for you.

Elizabeth

This eight-part series tells the real story behind Netflix's The Crown. It follows Queen Elizabeth II's path from sudden heir to the throne, to young queen in a time of rapid social change, to the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

William and Harry: Princes at War? 

For more than 30 years, Princes William and Harry have been more than just brothers, but best friends and confidants, bonded by the tragic death of their mother. Now, as family men, the two have taken very different approaches to royal life, with William embracing his role as heir while Harry attempts to redefine what it means to be a royal. Are the princes at war? Various royal watchers and people close to the family chime in.

Britain's Prince William, right, Prince Harry, left, attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in London in 2015. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/The Associated Press)

The Coronation

Made for the 65th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, this documentary contains rarely seen footage of the historic event.

Secrets of the Royal Babies

Births attended by royal advisors, childhoods followed by photographers, and care courtesy of top-tier nannies: being a royal parent, or a royal baby, is an experience unlike any other.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, appear with their newborn son in St. George's Hall at Windsor Castle Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/The Canadian Press)

Prince Harry and Meghan: Truly, Madly, Deeply

A look back at the early days of the unconventional royal courtship between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

A Very Royal Wedding

The modern royal wedding was invented in 1947, when then-Princess Elizabeth, heir to the throne, married Prince Philip of Greece. For the first time, the masses were able to take in the pomp and ceremony of a royal wedding ceremony. Millions around the globe tuned in on their radios, while a lucky few used the cutting edge technology of television to watch the proceedings live. This doc takes a look at that "Wedding of the Century," and how it captured the world's attention.

Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) (centre left) and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (centre right) (future Prince Philip), surrounded by guests at their wedding in 1947. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Secrets of the Royals: Inside the Crown

This four-part series takes an in-depth look at the Royal Family and features members of court, as well as royal historians, correspondents, and photographers. It looks at everything from royal love to the family's sometimes tumultuous relationship with the press, and asks the question "what makes a good monarch?"

Modern Royals

A new generation of royals is making the monarch more in touch, more connected with its subjects, and some would say more popular than it's ever been. Find out how Princes William and Harry, with their wives, Kate and Meghan, are shaking up this most change-resistant institution.