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Many are familiar with King George VI and his older brother Edward, who rejected the throne for love. Few, however, know much about their siblings, Mary, Henry, George, and John. Join us as we examine the private lives of the first young Windsors across the social and political backdrop of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Through never-before-seen letters, diaries, and photographs belonging to the siblings, we reveal their hidden stories in their own words.

Private Lives of the Windsors is a Documentary & Biography series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on October 7, 2019.

Private Lives of the Windsors is available for streaming on the Smithsonian Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Private Lives of the Windsors on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Google Play, iTunes online.

Monday 8:00 PM et/pt on Smithsonian Channel
2 Seasons, 6 Episodes
October 7, 2019
Documentary & Biography
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Private Lives of the Windsors Full Episode Guide

  • Diaries, letters and photographs reveal the inner lives of Queen Elizabeth's father, uncles and aunt, going inside one of the world's most famous families.

  • Go beyond the tabloid headlines as we learn the real story of Queen Elizabeth II's sister, Princess Margaret, in her own words. This reveals how her rebellious behavior paved the way for the monarchy we know today.

  • A look at the life of Lord Mountbatten, the uncle of Prince Philip, and his efforts to get as close to the British throne as he could.

  • After years of sturdy, constitutional rule, George V's death plunged his family into turmoil. Edward inherited the throne only to abandon it to marry a controversial American divorcee. Bertie became a reluctant king, facing the task of winning back the trust of the nation while dealing with threats from abroad. Through never-before-seen letters and diaries belonging to the Windsor children, we reveal the inside stories of sibling divisions and dramas in the years following the abdication and into World War II.

  • In the 1930s, King George V pressured his sons to find suitable wives, which lead to a history-altering clash with Edward.

  • Newly released photos and letters reveal the private lives of Princess Mary and Princes Edward, Henry, George, and Bertie.