Contemporary romance author Teri Wilson stopped XOXO to share her favorite overseas romance movies with us because let’s face it, we all need a binge-watching day! Though she writes contemporary romance, Wilson pens wonderfully charming romances that nod to the past, but take place in exotic, romantic locations. Take for instance her first book in the Royals series, ROYALLY ROMA (on sale today!)—it’s set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome. Who couldn’t fall in love with dreamy Italian men and gelato? Now sit back and settle in for a movie marathon, and don’t forget to download ROYALLY ROMA today!
I’m a total sucker for royal movies and television shows. If the camera is aimed at a tiara at any point, I’m there. My first was probably Disney’s animated Cinderella, which gifted me not only with a love of royalty, but a pretty significant fear of cats. (Whose idea was it to name a cat in a children’s movie Lucifer? I mean, seriously.) Decades later, my fondness for royal stories lives on, especially on Sunday nights when The Royals is on E! Elizabeth Hurley as the Queen of England? Yes. Please.
As a self-proclaimed expert on all things royal, I definitely have my favorites. When it comes to movies with royal themes, my top six are:
- A Royal Night Out
If you love the Netflix series The Crown, this movie is a MUST SEE. It takes place in 1945 on Victory in Europe Day, when Princess Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret, join the celebration in London. Elizabeth finds a bit of romance, while her sister finds trouble.
- The Young Victoria
Emily Blunt is divine in this film. Dash, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is beyond precious. But the love between Victoria and Albert will make you swoon for days.
- The Princess Diaries
What’s not to love about a movie that makes us believe that we’re all one good eyebrow-shaping away from becoming a princess?
- The King’s Speech
Two words: Colin Firth. Need I say more?
- The Queen
Helen Mirren is perfection as Queen Elizabeth II in this movie about the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana. The film itself really captures the emotional intensity surrounding the loss of the most beloved royal of all time. It’s a fascinating look into what went on inside the palace during those dark days.
- Roman Holiday
Be still my romantic heart!
This is my favorite, hands-down. I saw it for the first time when I was in college, and its ending devastated me. That was probably the moment I became a romance author in my soul, because something about Audrey Hepburn’s performance as lonely Princess Ann made me wish so hard for a happy ending. I also adored the tender quality of this movie and the underlying sweetness of the relationship between the hero and heroine, even as they lied to one another for most of the movie.
Roman Holiday is the inspiration for my new book for Pocket Star, ROYALLY ROMA, which is available today. Like the movie, ROYALLY ROMA is about a royal in disguise. Dreamy Prince Niccolo La Torre just wants a few hours to himself, but he ends up leading his American tour guide on a chase through Rome. I had so much fun taking a story I loved so much and giving it a fresh, modern spin. And maybe—just maybe—that happy ending I always wanted.