There's only one thing better than a long weekend: A long weekend spent binge-watching great TV.
Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April, so it makes complete sense that the colony of Australia celebrates two months later in June. You won't hear anybody complaining though, because that extra day off work means more time for catching up on some epic TV.
This Queen's Birthday long weekend, why not bring a bit of royalty to your streaming choices? Here are finder's top 10 picks for Royal viewing this long weekend.
1. The Crown
What better way to celebrate Queen Lizzie than to stream a dramatised tale of her life? The Crown is one of the most expensive original productions Netflix has ever made, and even has the stamp of approval from Her Majesty herself when she confirmed that she not only watched the show, but enjoyed it despite some things being a little over-dramatic for her.
2. Game of Thrones
Is it a coincidence that Australia celebrates the Queen's Birthday in Winter? Probably, but it does let us make a tenuous link between Her Majesty and everyone's favourite dragon show, Game of Thrones. Season seven is just weeks away, but you can binge watch every episode on the Pop or Drama pack of the new Foxtel Now service.
If you like your royal dramas with a little bit more youthful romance, then maybe drop into the first two seasons of Reign on Stan. This show tells the tale of Mary, Queen of Scots, from the mid-1500s. Fun fact: Wikipedia claims that the Aussie actress who plays Mary is actually a descendant of the real Mary, though not from an official bloodline.
4. The Last Kingdom
The Royal family may be a lovely bunch of people in the 21st Century, but back in the 9th Century things weren't quite as simple. The Last Kingdom is set at a time when the UK was far from being united, and Vikings regularly plundered and attacked the Saxons. Really, it kind of sounds like a real life Game of Thrones without the dragons.
5. The Tudors
If there was ever a King of England destined to have a dramatisation of his life created by Showtime, it was Henry VIII. Set in the 15th Century, The Tudors was one of the most popular shows on the network when it launched in 2007, and now you can watch all four seasons on Stan.
6. Marco Polo
Royalty isn't just a British thing, so let's throw back to one of history's greatest eastern monarchies with the court of Kublai Khan, as told by Venetian merchant trader Marco Polo. The show didn't make it past two seasons on Netflix, but it's gorgeous to look at and is well worth the time investment.
Royalty isn't all about sex and violence and dragons and Venetian traders. It's also about slimy younger prince's and their quests for power throughout time, as demonstrated by the BBC classic comedy Blackadder. With each series set at different times, all four seasons can be caught on Stan. You'll get prominent royal action in everything except Blackadder Goes Forth, but definitely don't skip that one.
8. Kong: King of the Apes
If you're planning on spending the weekend lying on the couch streaming royal shows with the kids, none of the shows so far are going to help you. Fortunately, Netflix went ahead and commissioned an animated series on Kong: King of the Apes. He may not wear a crown, but his heart of gold and fuzzy face will have you believing in the monarchy all over again.
9. Almost Royal
If there's one thing the British do better than anyone, it's tea and crumpets. But they're also remarkably good at uncomfortable faux-documentary-style comedies, and it was inevitable that the BBC would make one about royalty. Almost Royal is just that, following two British aristocrats on a trip to the US.
10. Downton Abbey
It's not quite Kings and Queens, but the aristocratic story of the Crawley family and their servants in Downton Abbey was one of the most popular TV shows this decade, tracing the family through the trials and tribulations of the 1920s and how the events of the time changed their social standing. See if you can binge watch all six seasons this long weekend.
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