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Books and Films for Royal-Baby Watch

Kate and Prince William’s Baby is Due July 13!

How will we know when Kate goes into labor?

“Hollywood Life reports that once St. Mary’s Hospital is notified that the Duchess of Cambridge is in labor and en route, an armed officer will be stationed on the steps of the hospital. The officer’s appearance will be the first signal to the horde of media outside that the little prince or princess is on the way.” - extratv.com

These books and films will keep you busy while waiting breathlessly to meet the new Royal:

 

William and Kate: A Royal Love Story
by Christopher Andersen

Prince William and Kate Middleton defied all odds to forge a storybook romance amid the scandals, power struggles, tragedies, and general dysfunction that are the hallmarks of Britain’s Royal Family.

 

 

Tudors: Season 1
DVD [2008]

A look at the early life of King Henry VIII, beginning after his assumption of the British throne at the age of 19.

 

 

The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
by Colin Campbell

Campbell shows us that the untold life of Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, is far more interesting and moving than the official version that has been peddled since 1923. Elizabeth’s life has been filled with controversy– beginning with the mysterious circumstances of her birth, the roles she played in her daughters’ marriages, and her relationship with Princess Diana.

 

Wives of Henry 8The Wives of Henry VIII
by Antonia Fraser

Fraser brings life to the six legendary women who married England’s equally legendary ruler, comparing their actual lives and actions to the stereotypes that have grown up around them.

 

 

 

The Real Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
by Andrew Marr

Originally published in 2011 as “Diamond Queen: Elizabeth II and her people in Great Britain” to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of her reign, this is a surprising and very personal biography of a woman who may be the world’s last great queen.

 

 

On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry Into Some Strangely Related Families
by Jeremy Paxman

BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman examines the role of the British monarchy in an age when divine right no longer prevails and governing powers fall to the country’s elected leaders. With intelligence and humor, he scrutinizes every aspect of the monarchy and how it has related to politics, religion, the military and the law.

 

The King’s Speech
DVD [2011]

The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. Mark Logue has also co-written the speech therapists biography, based on his grandfather’s diaries, The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy.

 

That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
by Anne Sebba

The first full scale biography of Wallis Simpson to be written by a woman explores the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the Twentieth Century. Called “That Woman” by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Wallace is the American divorcee notorious for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne, and setting off the events that made “The King’s Speech” necessary.

 

The Lives of the Kings & Queens of England
edited by Antonia Fraser

Contains biographical profiles of the forty men and women who have reigned over England since 1066, discussing the strengths, weaknesses, and convictions of the kings and queens, and the impact they had on their kingdom; and includes family trees, illustrations, and essays on the heraldic devices of the different monarchs.

 

 

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