Their iconic images, captured in famous portraits and paintings by celebrated artists, are part of the very fabric of national culture. In carefully-arranged poses, the Kings and Queens of history still look down upon us today - they are powerful symbols of bygone ages. Which is all well and good. But actually, they were just human beings, with the same ticks and foibles, bad habits and weaknesses, wants and needs as the rest of us. That’s what makes them interesting. Not so much the dates, the diplomacy, the politics or the acts and treaties; more the lovers, the personal traits, the everyday stuff.
Charles II may have looked a treat when having his portrait painted – but what was going on beneath the robes and the wigs? And Louis XIV, who supposedly a three-times-during-his life bather – so why build a Turkish bath at Versailles for his personal use? Who better to find out and tell us than Tracy Borman, joint Chief Curator of the Royal Palaces and the face of 2016’s The Private Lives of the Tudors.
Series 1: 5x60 | HD | 2017