The Windsors have really been looking after royal watchers in recent weeks, what with Queen Elizabeth II’s 92nd birthday, and the birth of a third child for Wills and Kate. But nothing beats a royal wedding, and Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials promise to be a spectacular affair.
Of course, SBS will be airing the ceremony live on 19 May from 7:30pm – and live streaming it on SBS On Demand. With commentary from Ray Martin, Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst, our coverage promises to be, well, unconventional, much like the tradition-busting union of the Royal Family’s coolest member and the Hollywood star itself.
To get you in the mood with all things royal, we’ve also put together a selection of monarchy-related programming that you can enjoy on SBS On Demand. Included in our line-up is:
‘The Last Princess’
Based on the best-selling novel by Kwon Bi-young, this epic period drama follows the true story of real-life Korean princess Deokhye, the last princess of the centuries-long Joseon Dynasty. Forced out of her home country, Deokhye (Son Ye-jin) finishes her schooling in Japan and makes several attempts to return to Korea, contending with opposition from the imperialist Japanese government, an arranged marriage and mental health issues over a period of almost four decades.
‘Kate: The Making Of A Modern Queen’
Featuring archive footage and interviews with royal experts, this documentary charts the transformation of Kate Middleton from girl-next-door into future queen. Delving into her family life growing up as well as her role as wife to the third-in-line to the British throne, the one-hour special highlights how much the Duchess of Cambridge's life has changed, but also how suited she is to represent a more modern Royal Family.
‘A Little Chaos’
The second of two films directed by the late Alan Rickman, A Little Chaos is set during the building of the Palace of Versailles under Louis XIV of France (played by Rickman). The film's fictional story focusses on female gardener Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), who is tasked with a creating an elaborate ballroom as part of the palace's immense gardens... and becomes romantically involved with André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts), the landscape architect in charge of the project.
‘The Girl King’
In 1632, six-year-old Christina became the queen of Sweden, with her youth just one of the noteworthy things about her rule. Defiant and progressive, the monarch pushed to modernise her country, while flying in the face of religious, political and gender conventions. Actress Malin Buska gives a larger-than-life performance of the remarkable queen.
The first in a trilogy of films about Austrian empress Elizabeth (Romy Schneider), Sissi covers her early life up until her marriage to Emperor Franz Joseph I (Karlheinz Böhm), despite it being her older sister who was originally intended to become betrothed to the ruler. You can then follows the story in sequels Sissi: The Young Empress and Sissi: The Fateful Years on SBS On Demand.
‘A Royal Affair’
One of the Scandinavian films Alicia Vikander appeared in before breaking into Hollywood, Danish historical drama A Royal Affair is set during the reign of King Christian VII (Mikkel Følsgaard). Vikander plays the mentally ill monarch's unhappy wife, Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, who embarks on an affair with her husband's physician (Mads Mikkelsen).
‘The Princess of Montpensier’
This fictional romantic drama plays out against the backdrop of historial events, namely the French Wars of Religion in the late 16th century. The titular princess, Marie, Marquise of Mézières (Mélanie Thierry), is in love with one man, bethrothed to another and lusted after by a third – not a satisfactory state of events at all.
Across its eight parts, this documentary chronicles the rule of the United Kingdom's current monarch, Elizabeth II. Comprising archive footage and interviews with members of the queen's inner circle, the series provides an in depth and intimate look at the longest reigning rules in British history.
Watch the ceremony live on 19 May from 7:30pm on SBS and live streaming at SBS On Demand.