For someone who always prefers historical romances to modern-day ones, holiday movies featuring royals tend to be hard to love, but that’s not the case with Hallmark‘s A Royal Queens Christmas. It might just be my favorite one since A Princess for Christmas.
Starring Megan Park, Julian Morris, Nicola Correia-Damude, Jonelle Gunderson, Ramona Milano, and more A Royal Queens Christmas is one of the sweetest love stories following a disguised prince who steps in to fill a piano player’s position at an annual performance.
While it’s unclear what was happening with the Italian/American accents in this film, every other part of it is genuinely aces. Park and Morris have such strong chemistry that it was easy to root hard for them from the first run-in to every tension-filled conversation. While I wish we could’ve spent way more time with them in the longing area, it was still so heavy, surely I wasn’t the only one screaming “just kiss each other” already. (Especially during that moment in front of the shop.)
A Royal Queens Christmas is the kind of love story that showcases effortless bonding during the quiet moments. These two simply need to gaze at each other during rehearsals, and it’s game over for the rest of us. In more ways than one, it’s the typical story about royalty wanting to be invisible and wanting a chance to do the thing he isn’t allowed to do outside of duties. Still, more than that, it’s a story about what it means to have direction and no idea where it’s going. Both DeeDee and Colin have some interesting struggles in their personal lives—combine the two, and we’re seeing the kind of love story that’s easily believable despite its fantastical elements.
The simple moments in the beginning are some of the best. Watching Colin navigate through making snowmen, learning about the town, and getting stuck inside of their house during a storm is everything one hopes a holiday story would include. But more importantly, it’s Morris’ performances that work so well in making his status believable. No, but honestly, I’m thankful the film cast an English man instead of giving him a terrible accent to work through. Morris’ wide-eyed approach to the freedom outside of the palace and Park’s gorgeous embodiment of renewed hope works so well in the love story. I say this frequently, but truly, if there is any royals story that deserves a sequel it’s this.
I want to see DeeDee and Colin navigate through their romance, engagements, marriage, the whole thing. The film’s exploration of simple moments worked so well because of the lovely characterization, but also, holy ornaments, the decor was everything. There’s an actual restaurant that just looks like a Christmas dream, and their moments there, in particular, were the sweetest.
Just about as cheesy as you’d expect it to be, but the film is full of some gorgeous scenery and adorable moments between everyone involved.
Editor Note: I see all your comments about the costumes. That’s not something I would’ve ever noticed as I’m not familiar with what some of them represent, and I have no idea how the film let this pass. But sadly, it also doesn’t surprise me considering so much of this is recycled and they absolutely need to do better in the future.
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