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'Lucy Worsley's Royal Palace Secrets'
(DVD / G / 2020 / PBS)

Overview: Lucy Worsley explores three extraordinary royal palaces: the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace.

During lockdown they're closed to visitors, but Lucy has the keys. From William the Conqueror to Princess Diana, they tell the story of almost a thousand years of British monarchy.

DVD Verdict: If you're looking for the definition of quirky charm, you'll find it in historian and chief curator of England's historic royal Palaces, Lucy Worsley!

In this latest of her delightful specials, which always feel like an outing with a smart, slightly eccentric friend who does "proper" with a wink, she gives a private tour of three London landmarks: Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London and Kensington Palace.

"I'm always keen to get my hands on the dressing-up box or anything that makes history more than me just telling you stuff," Worsley says at the beginning of the how.

Hence, this getup as Anne Boleyn (above), second wife of Henry VIII, beheaded at the Tower of London. "I was trying to imagine what it must have been like for her to face her unjust death with such dignity," Worsley says of her walk in Anne's doomed footsteps across Tower Green.

At Kensington Palace, Worsley shows us the velvet dress Princess Diana wore to dance with John Travolta at the White House in 1982. She was also surprised to be allowed to see the scrapbook of Princess (later Queen) Victoria's governess. "That was a privilege," she says. "It was such a moving expression of love."

Personally, I'm a BIG fan of Lucy Worsley's documentaries, and found this one to be incredibly informative and highly entertaining. In another very well done documentary of hers, 'Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas,' Worsley is, once again, at her best, making history fun and yet bringing us the "true" facts of the historical case too! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.