Queen Victoria’s grandson, the future Kaiser Wilhelm II, was born with a permanently paralyzed arm: a disability considered shameful at the time. His mother wrote that she was haunted by the idea of him remaining a crippled and insisted that he hide his paralyzed arm throughout his life. Cruel and crude attempts to cure him poisoned their relationship and helped turn the boy, born to unite the Royal families of Britain and Germany, into the man who tore them apart. Featuring a long-hidden cache of intimate family letters, this documentary reveals this secret story of child cruelty, secret shame and dark, incestuous desires, which begins behind palace doors and ends in the carnage of World War I.
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This is the interview he did with ITV. Not able to find the one with Max Foster yet… :)
Lucy Worsley gets into bed with our past monarchs to uncover the Tales from the Royal Bedchamber. She reveals that our obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. In fact, the rise and fall of their magnificent beds reflects the changing fortunes of the monarchy itself.
'When King James II's wife Mary gave birth to a healthy baby boy in Hampton Court Palace in 1688, the protestants were not happy.
'James II was catholic and very unpopular, so the new baby meant there was an heir to the throne who would continue his catholic reign.
'To cause trouble, protestants spread a rumour that Mary's baby had died during childbirth, and that an impostor baby had been snuck into the bedroom by a servant who had carried the swapped baby through the palace in a bed-warming pan.
'They released enormous amounts of detail, including a map of the route the pan had travelled, and although it was, of course, total rubbish, James II was forced to print the accounts of 40 witnesses who had been in the room for the birth: having witnesses was important then, as people needed to be there to check an heir had been born.
'The thing was James was so unpopular that people wanted to believe the story, so they did, and eventually they knocked him off the throne.
'James lost control of the royal bedroom, and thus lost his kingdom. The story reveals the power of what happens in the royal bedroom.'
Tales From The Royal Bedchamber documentary will premiere on BBC 4 on Monday
It is one of Egypt’s enduring mysteries. What happened to Nefertiti and her husband, Akhenaten - the radical king, and likely father of King Tut? In a dark and mysterious tomb located in the Valley of the Kings, there is a small chamber with two mummies without sarcophagi or wrappings. At times, both have been identified as Queen Nefertiti by scholars, filmmakers and historians. But the evidence has been circumstantial at best.
The whole video can be found here. It has interviews with Haakon, Mette-Marit, Frederik, and Victoria. Im in the process of making gifs from it. The getting pulled over is about an hour in.
Royal Secrets: Lust
Visit the court of Louis XV, history’s lustiest king. See how Anne Boleyn flirted with Henry VIII-only to lose her head-and how Catherine the Great used a lover to gain the throne, then cast him aside
The Persian Empire was one of the most mysterious civilizations in the ancient world. Persia became an empire under the Cyrus the Great, who created a policy of religious and cultural tolerance that became the hallmark of Persian rule. Engineering feats include an innovative system of water management; a cross-continent paved roadway stretching 1500 miles; a canal linking the Nile to the Red Sea; and the creation of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum of Maussollos.
The rivalry between Persia and Athens led to a 30-year war known as the Persian Wars, the outcome of which helped create the world we live in today.
Peter Weller hosts.
Secret Lives Princess Margaret (1997)
Princess Margaret has had a low royal profile for nearly 20 years. At 66 her life provides few headlines. But recently she stepped back into the spotlight with a stining rebuke to the Duchess of York. In a letter she told her Not once have you hung your head in embarassment. Clearly you have never considered the damage you have caused us all. How dare you discredit us like this? But Margaret had herself already tarnished the royal image. When she returned from Mustique in 1976 she was in disgrace because she had been exposed by the press with a lover 17 years her junior. It was she who was the first member of the house of windsor to divorce. She who was the first to be publicly criticized. Margaret has at times wanted to be the most royal of the royals at others a rebel. Her life has been spent trying to resolve these contradictions.”
Andrew Graham-Dixon goes behind the scenes at the Rijksmuseum as the staff prepare to open the doors following a ten-year renovation, the most significant ever undertaken by a museum. Featuring over 8,000 works of art, Holland’s national museum tells the story of 800 years of Dutch history and houses a world-famous collection including masterpieces by artists from Vermeer to Rembrandt. So, as the final paintings are rehung and objects settle into their new home, has the long wait been worth it?
Prince John The Windsors Tragic Secret
Born in 1905, John was the youngest of George V’s children. Diagnosed with epilepsy, he died in 1919 after a particularly severe seizure.
Had he lived he would have been the present Queen’s uncle. The popular image of Prince John has since been one of a neglected child who was regarded as an embarrassment and shut away from public view, deprived of contact with his family.
Using testimonies of individuals with direct personal connections to the prince, together with new research and photographs of the real ‘Johnny’, this documentary unravels some of the mysteries and misconceptions surrounding him, presenting a more complete story than has ever been told before.
Fertility problems and bandy legs, dysfunctional family relationships, heavy drinking and morbid obesity… some of our monarchs have been sorry specimens indeed.
And yet historian Lucy Worsley, whose day job is chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces, believes the British monarchy survives not through its strengths, but through the frailty of generations of royals.
‘It’s counterintuitive,’ Lucy says, beaming a mischievous smile. Let’s hope her new BBC2 series Fit To Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History doesn’t cripple her prospects of becoming Dame Lucy.
The series suggests it was the weaknesses of our monarchs that forced the institution to adapt through centuries of political upheaval and social change.
For Lucy, examining their medical records and their most intimate belongings is poignant evidence of the frailty of kings.
‘There was no royal body part too intimate or royal body fluid too unsavoury to evade attention,’ she says, peering into a Tudor chamber pot excavated from Henry VIII’s garden at Hampton Court. Henry couldn’t pass water without it being scrutinised by his gentleman of the bedchamber. The King’s health, after years of civil unrest, was the health of the nation.
Sadly for our royals, they’ve never been given much privacy. ‘There isn’t a single one of them I don’t have some sympathy for,’ says Lucy. Henry’s physician prescribed Viagra substitutes – goat’s testicles flavoured with marjoram – for potency.
The King’s fertility problems and desperation for a son changed the course of history when he broke with Rome to divorce Catherine of Aragon. His daughter Mary, in her turn, despaired of ever having a child to secure a Catholic succession and suffered a humiliating false pregnancy, though her swollen belly was probably caused by the cancer that killed her.
Hardly surprising then that Elizabeth I, as the Virgin Queen, refused to take up the biological challenge to reproduce.
When James I succeeded with an heir, a spare and a daughter, it seemed the monarchy had achieved stability, despite James’s homosexuality – and his jealous love for his good-looking favourite the Duke of Buckingham. But James’s sexual peccadilloes had psychological repercussions.
One of the most poignant objects Lucy produces is the pair of orthopaedic boots – from the Museum of London – worn by James’s son Charles, who suffered from rickets.
Growing up with a stammer and low self-esteem, overshadowed by his dashing older brother Henry – who died prematurely of typhoid – and his father’s much younger lover Buckingham, Charles’s hypersensitivity to slights brought about the intractable stubborness that led to his downfall.
Unfit to rule, King Charles I was beheaded in 1649.
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An award-winning documentary where twenty-nine royals says openly about their own family’s incredible story.
The documentary focuses on a poor German prince made to Denmark’s King Christian IX, and when his six children are married into the dominant European royalI houses, the Fredensborg Palace meeting place for European royalty.
The documentary sees comments from Queen Margrethe II, Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Joachim, Prince Michael of Kent, Crown Princes Alexander of Yugoslavia, Constantine II of Greece, and many more…
A must watch, but it is in Danish but the English commentary allows you to follow.
He was an uneducated peasant who gained a reputation as a faith healer. His strange behavior and incredible influence over the imperial family made him notorious and his death made him a legend.
Really interesting documentary, it is really short, but it gets to the point. Very sick man.
The Queen’s Mother-in-Law reveals one of the Royal Family’s best kept secrets - the bizarre life story of Prince Philip’s mother. A huge ratings hit, 4 million people watched the documentary when it aired in the UK.
We all know about the late Queen Mum - one of Britain’s most instantly recognizable figures. But few have even heard of the Queen’s mother-in-law, Princess Alice. And yet, the life story of Prince Philip’s mother almost defies belief.
A great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Prince Philip’s mother married into the Greek royal family – only to see the Greek monarchy overthrown by revolution. Fleeing into exile, she suffered a severe nervous breakdown. She was locked away in mental hospitals and subjected to experimental treatments by psychiatrists - including Sigmund Freud himself.
The trauma had a shattering effect on Princess Alice’s marriage and led to a fractured childhood for her only son Prince Philip.
Philip’s mother eventually fought her way back from mental illness, and became an unlikely hero of World War Two - risking her life to hide a Jewish family from the Nazis. When her son married the future Queen Elizabeth in 1948, Alice turned down the option of a cozy royal life. Instead she chose to dedicate herself to working with the poor in Greece, gave away all her possessions and even founded her own religious order.
Featuring exclusive interviews with family members and previously unseen archive footage, this film sheds new light on one of the royal family’s most remarkable but little known personalities.
Produced & Directed by Rob Coldstream. A Blink Films Production for Channel 4.