A Royal Who's Who
The royal wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton is scheduled for next Friday – and I’m one of those Americans looking forward to it. I recall setting my alarm to wake up early and get out of bed and watch the wedding of William’s parents, Charles and Diana. I did the same for Andrew and Sarah. Even though I’ll not be able to watch the wedding as it’s being broadcast, I will be recording it to watch that evening.
The Royal Family and the House of Windsor have been of keen interest to people all around the world – even among those of us outside the British Commonwealth. People of wealth and power always attract our attention – especially if we can be privy to their weaknesses as well as their strengths. And makers of feature films and documentaries are most obliging in letting us know about both.
If you’d like a chance to get to know the British royals just a little better – particularly the lineage of the current family, starting with Victoria and Albert – we have several films available.
Kings & Queens of England
The Queen Mother: Her Reign in Colour, 1937-1953
Queen Elizabeth II: The Power and the Glory
Diana: An Intimate Portrait
Honorable mention: Royal Wedding, a 1951 musical starring Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, and Sarah Churchill, daughter of Winston Churchill. While it’s not really about the Royal Family, it is all about the excitement of a royal wedding, this one between Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh. They’re now known as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, grandparents of next week’s bridegroom Prince William of Wales.