Born to Royalty 2013 TV-G CC

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When Prince William & Catherine Middleton announced that they were expecting their first child, the news made headlines around the world. But what lies ahead for a child born to reign?

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Hugh Bonneville
Runtime:
1 hour 18 minutes

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Born to Royalty

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Genres Documentary
Director Lucy McDowell
Starring Hugh Bonneville
Studio BBC
MPAA rating TV-G
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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How proud his Mother's soul must be!
Mary E. Jensen
If you're obsessed with the Royal family, this is certainly better than some of the material available!
K. Harris
Another well written book about the most famous couple in the world.
Mary Karen McClelland

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Format: DVD
With our never ending fascination with the Royal Family, there is certainly no shortage of information to be found on the DVD market. "Born to Royalty" is a rather opportunistic special that runs about 1 hour and 15 minutes and was timed to coincide with the birth of the new Prince. Mind you, it isn't about the new Prince, per se, but about how child rearing has evolved over the decades in relationship to the Royal Family. Experts weigh in on matters both historical and contemporary and the focus is on famous personalities when they were children. From the tumultuous relationship that King George VI had with his father to the bold independence of Elizabeth (and her protectiveness of Margaret), the special covers stories that aren't particularly earth shattering with new revelations but they are quite interesting. We also get tidbits about Charles and Anne, William and Harry, and much speculation about the newest Royal (who I don't think was even named when this was pushed to market).

As with many of these specials, the "experts" don't seem especially close to the subjects. There is a historian, a photographer, and a couple of others with a tenuous connection to the family. For the most part, they relay stories that they've heard and engage in speculation based on their personal beliefs. It always make me slightly uncomfortable for outsiders to act as authorities on matters of such intimacy, but all had a clear enthusiasm for the subject. Nothing scandalous is presented here. If you are an enthusiast on the subject, there may be nothing new either. I wasn't expecting much from this DVD release, in case you couldn't tell, but it is actually well structured and briskly entertaining.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2013
Format: DVD
My mother is a great fan of British royalty and I admit I inherited a little of her fascination for all things British royalty. It was a happy day reading that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, i.e. William and Kate had become new parents to bouncing baby boy, Prince George. This DVD does not focus on the new royal baby, but instead takes a look at the world into which royal children past and present have been brought up in, with lots of archival footage that should delight fans of British royalty.

"In 1948, Prince Charles was born in a Buckingham Palace bathroom which had been converted into a royal operating theater." Now that is a peppy little anecdote for you! Interviews with royal watchers such as royal biographer Ingrid Seward reveals how Charles' imminent arrival was an anxious time for Prince Philip, husband of then Princess Elizabeth, who would in a few years, ascend the throne of England and become Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Archival footage shows the infant Charles surrounded by his eight sponsors, including his uncle Edward, who had infamously abdicated the throne of England for love of Wallis Simpson.

The press is portrayed as being respectful and mindful of the Royals' need for privacy back when Charles and his siblings were being raised, but the documentary also shows how things have drastically changed since then, especially since the birth of Prince William, followed by Harry. The show makes a point of connecting this to the pressures that William and Catherine (Kate Middleton) will face as they raise Prince George. The glare of publicity is a given, and the question is, how will they manage this while giving George a semblance of a 'normal' upbringing?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaiine C. Minter on September 9, 2013
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I love this video and have looked at it more than once and loaned it out. I look forward to the next vide about Kate and William.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ali Julia #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on August 28, 2013
Format: DVD
If you follow the Royal family you are likely to enjoy this DVD. This DVD release was timed with the birth of the new British Prince but it is not about Prince George. The DVD looks back on childhoods of various royal children King George VI, Elizabeth, Margaret, Charles, Anne, William, Harry as well as Kate Middleton. You can see what changed in how the children are brought up in the Royal family. The DVD includes archival footage as well as as recent documentary material. This DVD contains no surprises but it is well made. It is 75 minutes long.

I received a copy of this DVD for review from BBC America.

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I was expecting more from the documentary than the usual recycled stuff. I especially hoped they would go more in depth on the psychological level--they touched the surface of all the events from the the royal wedding of Diana until the present, and very little about William and Kate and this new baby George. I think it came across almost like a little PR for the Royal Family and a photo op to advertise how great they are. I'd like to hear a little more about some of the stresses and tensions of "being royal." The best point made was that Diana really cracked the ceiling and introduced the family to modern child rearing and open, feeling-oriented social service and relations. She was ground breaking for that family and not enough credit has given to her for that. Unfortunately, her sons seem much more traditional and a bit scared to break out of the mold. They've been brain washed. I think her death was tragic but I wonder what sort of humiliation and shaming she would have had to endure had she lived on. That family is somewhat fascist in it's insistence upon protocol, ritual and so-called rational behavior. They really don't leave much room for anything new, but Diana was courageous and broke through all of that. This was hinted at, but most of the interviews were with people who are both fans and employees of the family or former employees and the family has a firm hand on people's reputations. Everyone seemed scared to speak out except in the official party-line announcements. In that sense the Windsors are a kind of Royal Mafia. Kate is NOTHING like Diana although they made comparisons. She is traditional and very conservative and hasn't the beauty or charisma that Diana had. William has played it safe. Such is life.
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