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The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens

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One of the most fascinating, yet small, sects within society has always been the monarchy. While most Americans and Europeans are more familiar with the British or French monarchies, there have been incredible stories told about the kings and queens of other nations all over the world. Even in the modern age, monarchies continue to fascinate us, which is obvious if you simply turn on your TV.

Additions to the genre concerning more modern kings and queens of the world include The Crown, which is a biopic/miniseries about royalty and the life of Queen Elizabeth II of England. Her story unfolds across the seasons in a never before look at the life of a modern monarchy. More historical series like The Tudors explore the lives of Henry VIII and his wives. The politics of the day and the policies of the King unfold in a series of drama, action, and romance. For more recommendations, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows and movies you think are missing! And if you love these royal shows, be sure to check out these royal movies!

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    Victoria
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    Victoria

    Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes

    Premiered2016

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    Reign
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    Reign

    Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows

    Premiered2013

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    The White Princess
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    The White Princess

    Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson

    Premiered2017

    The White Princess (Starz, 2017) is a historical drama television miniseries developed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Tudors
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    The Tudors

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill

    Premiered2007

    The Tudors (Showtime, 2007) is a historical fiction television series created by Michael... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The White Queen
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    The White Queen

    Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale

    Premiered2013

    The White Queen (BBC One, 2013) is a British historical drama television miniseries based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Spanish Princess
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    The Spanish Princess

    Charlotte Hope, Stephanie Levi-John

    Premiered2019

    The Spanish Princess (Starz, 2019) is a historical drama television limited series developed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Crown
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    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

    The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Game of Thrones
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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    The Last Kingdom
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    The Last Kingdom

    Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson

    Premiered2015

    The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Versailles
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    Versailles

    George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos

    Premiered2015

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    Outlander
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    Outlander

    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

    Premiered2014

    Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Great
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    The Great

    Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult

    Premiered2020

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    Merlin
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    Merlin

    Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby

    Premiered2008

    Merlin (BBC One, 2008) is a British fantasy-adventure drama television series based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Last Czars
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    The Last Czars

    Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert

    Premiered2019

    The Last Czars (Netflix, 2019) is an American docu-drama television series. Blending a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Royals
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    The Royals

    Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley

    Premiered2012

    The Royals (E!, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Mark Schwahn. Helena... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Pillars of the Earth
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    The Pillars of the Earth

    Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen

    Premiered2010

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    Elizabeth I
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    Elizabeth I

    Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons
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    Wolf Hall
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    Wolf Hall

    Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis

    Premiered2015

    Wolf Hall (BBC Two, 2015) is a British historical drama television series based on the novels... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    War and Peace
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    War and Peace

    Paul Dano, Lily James

    Premiered2016

    War & Peace is a 2016 British-American historical period drama television serial, based on Leo... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Camelot
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    Camelot

    Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower

    Premiered2011

    Camelot (Starz, 2011) is a historical-fantasy-drama television series developed by Chris... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
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    The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    Patrick Troughton, Anthony Quayle

    Premiered1970

    The Six Wives of Henry VIII is a series of six television plays produced by the BBC and first... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Virgin Queen
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    The Virgin Queen

    Tom Hardy, Kevin McKidd

    Premiered2006

    The Virgin Queen is a 2005 BBC and Power co-production, four-part miniseries based upon the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Hollow Crown
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    The Hollow Crown

    Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons

    Premiered2012

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    Kings
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    Kings

    Ian McShane, Christopher Egan

    Premiered2009

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    Victoria & Albert
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    Victoria & Albert

    Diana Rigg, Peter Ustinov

    Premiered2001

    Victoria & Albert is a 2001 British-US historical television serial. It focused on the early... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button