Watch Again

Inside Windsor Castle:

Why This 1969 Royal Family Documentary Was Pulled Off Air

Watch More
back to video

»Happy Families

Why This 1969 Royal Family Documentary Was Pulled Off Air

Short | 03:29

On June 21, 1969, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the Royal Family was aired on British TV and watched by 37 million people. Then, the Queen ordered it taken off the air and never shown again.


    • Wednesday
    • 8:00am
    Oct 25
    • Friday
    • 4:00am
    Oct 27
    • Tuesday
    • 2:00pm
    Oct 31

More About This episode

After King George VI died in 1952, the keys to Windsor Castle were handed to Queen Elizabeth II, who made it a home for her growing family. But life inside the walls of the castle was often a challenge for her, alongside a husband struggling in the role of second fiddle and a mother reluctant to give up the extravagant lifestyle that left her deeply in debt. Follow life in Windsor Castle from the formal 1950s through the Swinging '60s and into the '70s, and see how Queen Elizabeth II juggled the great demands of family and job.

Buy This Show

Now, you can watch Smithsonian Channel's incredible documentaries and shows anytime you want by purchasing from any of these distributors:


Return to Video Page