The Royal Family

The Windsor Family On-Screen: Royal Dramas (And A Sitcom) You Can Stream Right Now

It’s been an exciting few weeks for the British Royal Family of late. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 92nd birthday on April 21st. Two days later, Prince Louis, the third child of William and Kate (aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) was born. And now in just about a week, William’s brother, Prince Harry, will wed American actress, Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle.

Such events are important milestones for any family, but when you’re as well-known as the Windsor clan, these occasions become a cause for world-wide celebration. So as we await all the romance and surprises that Harry and Meghan’s big day are sure to have in store, we've compiled a list of movies and TV series that you can stream right now to get in the Windsor frame of mind.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Join Twitter. Sort of.

The British royal family continued its love affair with social media this week, announcing the creation of new Twitter, Instagram and Storify accounts dedicated to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The Royal Family has already proven to be quite organized about their official social media activity – there’s an official @BritishMonarchy account, as well as @ClarenceHouse, which publicizes the activities of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and had, up until this point also been covering the young royals as well. The Queen herself even managed to write a tweet on the occasion of the opening of a new gallery dedicated to the Information Age at London’s Science Museum last year.

The new @KensingtonRoyal accounts will be dedicated to updating the world on the engagements, charitable endeavors and other news about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harry.

The Queen Sent Her First Tweet Today

If you haven’t embraced the world of social media yet, it’s probably time to reevaluate your resistance to exploring life online, because even the Queen of England's trying out that whole Twitter thing now.

Yes, really. The Queen has officially tweeted.

(Think about that for a second, people who make a big deal about not being on Twitter. Even the Queen’s done it now!)

Don’t get too excited, though, there isn’t an official @ElizabethRegina Twitter account out there and active in the world or anything (Yet!). The British Monarchy has actually maintained an active Twitter presence – @BritishMonarchy – since joining the service back in 2009, which practically makes them an early adopter. But it’s been obvious from the start that the official monarchy account is being run by various people in Her Majesty’s office and that she isn’t sending any of the actual tweets herself nor are any of her royal children and grandchildren (though Prince Harry *did* tweet once from the @InvictusLondon account.).

But now, it would appear that she has – at least just this once.

It’s Official: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Announce the Second Royal Baby Due in April

All you Anglophiles who, like me, may be just a little overly emotionally invested in the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – better known as Prince William and Catherine Middleton – will be over the moon to know that, yes, it’s official at last – Prince George, the tiny toddler who is currently third-in-line to the British throne currently being held by his great grandmother, is officially going to get a little baby brother or sister next year.

Let the Second Royal Baby Frenzy commence!

An official announcement on the Prince of Wales’s website has confirmed this happy news – and can we just take a second to admire rather elegant yet completely stark aesthetic that His Royal Highness’s official site has going on – in what may be the world’s shortest press release.

Royal Ramblings: William and Kate are Having a Baby and Basically the Entire World is Excited

As you’ve probably already heard multiple times so far today (my Facebook feed certainly appears overrun with this news), their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have officially announced that they’re expecting a baby!

St. James’s Palace confirmed the news this morning – and you can see the official statement from Clarence House here. They further explained that part of the reason for the relatively rushed announcement is that the Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (acute morning sickness) and had to be admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London where she’s expected to stay and rest for a few days.

The royal baby will be third in line for the British throne, after Prince Charles and Prince William. Thanks to some proposed radical changes to the current rules of the monarchy and its practice of primogeniture, the sex of the baby will not determine whether he or she wears the crown. (Also: that’s awesome.)

The people of England (and the world, really) are already celebrating the impending arrival of a royal heir, including myself and what appears to be nearly every person I know and interact with in any capacity on the internet. Why are we all – especially us Americans – so excited about the expansion of the British Royal Family?