The Best Royal Hallmark Movies of All Time
Just like the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be forever remembered as a modern-day fairytale. The whirlwind romance between the royal prince and American actress, kept secret from the public for months, definitely hit the mark for dramatic love affair—and one that will finally be set in stone on May 19th with their wedding in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. A heart-tugging love story tied up prettily with a bow, despite plenty of criticism? It all sounds quite like our favorite royal Hallmark romances; and now that the world’s most eligible bachelor is off the market (and our dream to become a princess is put on hold), we think it might be time for a royal Hallmark movie marathon to raise our spirits. Hallmark is hosting its Royal Movie Marathon on Saturday, May 19th, in tribute to the Royal Wedding, including a brand-new world premiere, Royally Ever After, that will perfectly top off the love-filled weekend. And come Christmastime, we won't be forgetting about the Hallmark royal movies that we love to binge, year after year. Get ready for a lot of stunning ball gowns, snobby queen mothers, and fairytale endings—because here’s your full list of the best royal Hallmark movies ever.
Reality turns into a fairytale when Kelly, a hopeless romantic in Montana, and her father, Hank, a humble rancher, find out that he has inherited an estate located in a faraway land. When they travel there to sort things out, they discover that Hank has not only inherited the estate, but the title that goes along with it: king. Father and daughter learn how to navigate the complicated waters of royalty and find unexpected love along the way. Starring James Brolin, Cindy Busby, and Andrew Cooper. Airing Saturday, May 19th, 3/2c.
Kate has a gift for matchmaking, and now her reputation as the “Queen of Hearts” has reached King Edward of Voldavia. He wants his son Prince Sebastian to present his future bride at the Jubilee, and brings Kate onboard to help. Soon it’s clear the Prince has a moat around his heart, but slowly Kate finds herself falling for Sebastian herself. Still, she’s bent on doing her job and introduces him to her top match, Petra. Who will win the Prince’s heart? Starring Joy Lenz, Will Kemp, and Brittany Bristow. Airing Saturday, May 19th, 7/6c.
A Royal Winter
After embarking on a last-minute European holiday, a young woman lands herself in the middle of a real-life fairytale after a chance meeting with a handsome local. The simple romance seems anything but after she learns that the “local” is actually a prince about to be crowned King. The couple must fight for their love—against the forces of the prince’s mother who is dead-set against her royal son’s romance with the tourist. Starring Merritt Patterson, Jack Donnelly, and Samantha Bond. Airing Saturday, May 19th, 6:30a/5:30c.
William & Catherine: A Royal Romance
Chronicling the love story of Prince William and Kate Middleton, this docu-drama lets you see the beginnings of what was to become one of the most celebrated weddings in history. At a pivotal point in their early relationship, William follows his heart and the advice of his mother, the late Princess Diana. An interview before her death held the message she left for her son: hold on to the love of your life and protect it with all of your heart. Starring Jane Alexander, Victor Garber, Jean Smart, Alice St. Clair, Dan Amboyer, and Lesley Harcourt.
Royally Ever After
Premiering on the day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, this story follows Sara, a schoolteacher, whose boyfriend reveals he's the prince of a small country called St. Ives, only after proposing. His disapproving parents pose a threat to the engagement, while his sister surprisingly supports the marriage, training Sara to be perfect princess material. While adjusting to this new fairytale lifestyle, where love comes with rules and regulations, Sara must fight to remain true to herself. Starring Fiona Gubelmann and Torrance Coombs. Premiering Saturday, May 19th, 9/8c.
Royal New Year’s Eve
Caitlyn, a magazine assistant and aspiring fashion designer, gets her world turned upside down when royal couple, Prince Jeffrey and his presumed future fiancé Lady Isabelle, come into town. Caitlyn gets the opportunity of a lifetime when Isabelle hires her to design a dress for the royal New Year’s Eve ball where she’s expecting the prince to propose. Caitlyn splits her time creating a gown fit for a princess and planning the ball with Jeffrey. Romance starts brewing, but Jeffrey’s royal commitment to marry an aristocrat and assume the throne stands between them. As the New Year’s Eve ball approaches, Jeffrey and Caitlyn must decide if they can overcome royal tradition to pursue true love. Starring Jessy Schram, Sam Page, and Cheryl Ladd.
A Princess for Christmas
When her sister and brother-in-law are tragically killed in an accident, Jules Daly becomes guardian to her young niece Maddie and nephew Milo, and a knock on the door late one evening gives them an interesting offer. Paisley Winterbottom a proper English butler, comes with a curious invitation in tow: a Christmas holiday with their grandfather, Edward, the Duke of Castlebury Hall, who was always absent from the kids’ lives, but wants to reconnect after the passing of his late son. Though Jules initially wants to decline, her acceptance makes for an unexpectedly magical Christmas season for the whole family. Starring Katie McGrath, Miles Richardson, and Roger Moore.
A Royal Christmas
A young woman who works as a devoted seamstress at her father’s tailoring business finds out her doting European boyfriend is actually a prince. She travels to his home over Christmas to find a less-than-enthused mother, Queen Isadora, who makes her feel more at home with the servants than the royal family. Starring Lacey Chabert, Jane Seymour, and Stephen Hagan.
Once Upon a Holiday
A royal princess, Katie, is in the city on official business when she decides to sneak out and do some sightseeing on her own. After an unfortunate mishap, Jack is at the right place at the right time and comes to her rescue. They spend the next couple of days together enjoying the holidays before he realizes her true identity. Starring Briana Evigan, Paul Campbell, and Greg Evigan.
A Crown for Christmas
A young woman accepts a position as a governess for a European princess after getting fired from her maid position at a ritzy New York hotel. She initially butts heads with the troubled girl, but eventually becomes a role model and friend to her—while falling for her widowed father, King Maximillian, at the same time. But a scheming countess wants the king’s heart and hand in marriage and is determined to make the governess’ life difficult. Starring Danica McKellar and Rupert Penry-Jones.
Once Upon a Prince
A young woman, Susanna, is in for a surprise after she accepts help one day from handsome stranger, Nate, at her parents’ garden store in small-town Georgia. Sparks between them fly, but she gets the shock of her life when a photo of them gets leaked to the press and Nate is called back home by his mother…for his coronation as King Nathaniel of Cambria. The couple tries to make true love last despite royal setbacks. Starring Megan Park and Jonathan Keltz. Airing Saturday, May 19th, 5/4c.
My Summer Prince
Mandy Cooper, a young executive assistant aspiring to become a PR executive, heads to Greenbriar, Idaho after landing an opportunity to launch her career. After her move, a handsome British monarch with a history of scandalous behavior—Prince Colin of Edgemere—is arrested in the town for defacing a landmark while making a public appearance. Seizing the opportunity, Mandy sets out to repair Colin's image, but pretty soon things get a little complicated. The young publicist wonders if she can juggle it all: saving her own reputation and still having a chance at summer love. Starring Taylor Cole and Jack Turner. Airing Saturday, May 19th, 8:30a/7:30c.
In honor of the Royal Wedding: The princess-to-be’s very own Hallmark moment. Markle plays Cassandra Barber who, after realizing she has a recurring habit of picking the wrong type of guy, turns to relationship expert, Dr. Susie, and her latest self-help book, “The Dater’s Handbook” to help with her ailing love life. She follows the advice in Dr. Susie’s book to find and evaluate potential suitors, and then must ultimately choose between reliable George and fun-loving Robert. It’s hard to change old habits and place your faith in the experts, especially when your heart tells you something different. Looks like everything worked out in the end though, right? Starring Meghan Markle, Kristoffer Polaha, and Jonathan Scarfe. Airing Saturday, May 19th, 10:30a/9:30c.