Well here we are at day 2 of my Christmas movie obsessions post. Today we are going to talk royal romance. And why not? We did after all have a royal wedding this year. I’ll also talk about movies based on fairy tales.
One of the more popular movies I’ve heard mention is on Netflix, it’s called A Christmas Prince and it has a sequel called A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (Umm spoiler alert). I can’t add these to my list because I haven’t watched them … yet. BTW, Netflix has a LOT of Christmas movies to watch – a couple of which are on my list too.
So how to describe royal Christmas romances – well it’s pretty self-explanatory – there’s usually a royal (duh) and in my case, it’s usually a prince of some sort – although I did see one with a princess. Let me tell you there are a LOT of single princes out there … who knew?
Like yesterday, I will start with the first film I fell in love with in this particular trope. It came out in 2011 and one of its stars went on to make women all over the world swoooooooon.
Yup that is Sam “Jamie Fraser” Heughan.
Hallmark’s blurb describes this as:
When Jules Daly’s sister and brother-in-law are tragically killed in an accident, Jules Daly (Katie McGrath) becomes guardian to her young niece Maddie and nephew Milo. On top of balancing the daily hysteria of becoming an overnight parent, Jules was recently laid off at work, her car is on the fritz, and the kids’ shenanigans have caused a dozen nannies to flee.
When an ominous knock on the door comes late one evening, Jules wonders, what now? At the door is Paisley Winterbottom (Miles Richardson), a proper English butler, with a curious invitation: a Christmas holiday with grandfather, Edward (Roger Moore), the Duke of Castlebury Hall, who was absent from the kids’ lives, but wants to reconnect out of love for his late son. Jules initially wants to decline the trip, but her eventual acceptance makes for a magical Christmas season for everyone.
It’s a fun movie and sweet and it also stars Roger “James Bond” Moore in one of his last roles. I love this movie SO much, I own it. As with most movies of this sub-genre, there is a duchess or countess or some other high ranking woman who has her own eyes set on the hero and our heroine usually comes from a common (American) background. This movie usually airs on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries (which I don’t understand as usually, that channel has the more serious films, but maybe because it deals with the death of the children’s parents … I guess) so if you’re looking to catch it, check the listings for that channel.
Next up is …
This one is from 2015 and yup I own this one too.
After getting fired from her job as a maid at a ritzy New York City hotel, Allie reluctantly accepts a temp gig as the governess to a young girl who is part of a powerful family in Europe that lives in an actual castle. After arriving, Allie learns the girl is named Princess Theodora and her father is Maximillian, the King of Winshire. The King informs Allie that the Princess has a tendency to terrorize authority figures, a predilection that has grown worse since her mother’s death. Yet governess and Princess wind up hitting it off while at the same time a spark forms between Allie and Max. However, Countess Celia is expecting to wed the King. Will Max take a stand for his feelings for Allie and make it truly a merry Christmas for all (or at least, most)?
This one stars Danica McKellar from Wonder Years (she is a STAPLE on the Hallmark channel along with Candace Cameron Bure, and Lacey Chabert – who also did a royal romance). The royal in this one is a widowed king played by Brit Rupert Penry-Jones who you may know from Persuasion – if you’re anything like me and fancy an Austen adaptation. My only complaint for this was that Danica is supposed to be from Brooklyn and … well … no. She’s more upstate New York.
This one is new to me. It aired on ION television.
It’s Peter Porte!! Okay I love me some Peter Porte (you will see him again on my list)
Ion describes this movie as:
At a holiday masquerade ball, fledgling event planner Angie Wells and wealthy playboy Nicholas Karmichael, who needs to marry to retain his inheritance, meet and fall for each other anonymously. While Nicholas tries to locate the girl of his dreams, Angie must choose between pursuing her lifelong dream of running a business or following her heart.
Who doesn’t love a fairy tale and this one does a good job of translating the Cinderella story. There are a LOT of these kinds of movies with this plot. I chose this one because it had a baddie who I really hated LOL and Peter Porte (what can I say, he’s adorable).
Well that’s my list for today … do you have any favorite Christmas movies?
Until Next Time,