Tag Line: Love Rules All
Role: Princess/Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria)
Starring: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Miranda Richardson, Paul Bettany
Production Status: Post Production
Released: 6th March 2009 (UK)
Directed By: Jean-Marc Vallée
Writers: Julian Fellowes
Official Site: Here
Alexandrina Victoria reigned over Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years and seven months. Her rule became known as the Victorian era and it saw the evolution of the British Empire, with Victoria becoming the first Empress of India in May 1876. Victoria ruled longer than any other British monarch to date – impressive since at birth she was fifth in line to the throne. The Young Victoria follows the early years of Victoria’s reign, and her romance with Prince Albert. Since Victoria’s uncle, William IV, had no legitimate children she became his heir presumtive and was thrust into political life. As Victoria was not yet 18 and too young to rule alone Parliament passed a Regency Act in 1830 that meant that should William IV die before Victoria turned 18, Victoria’s mother would act as a regent for the young Queen. In 1837, at the age of 18 Victoria became Queen of England. Three years later in 1840 she married Prince Albert and soon gave birth to the couples first child, The Princess Royal, Victoria. Victoria would go on to have eight other children. The Young Victoria challenges the common view of Victoria as the “Windsor Widow” always dressed in black. Early on in her reign, before the death of her beloved husband Victoria was an charismatic, energetic woman, involved in the daily running of her Kingdom.
“The Young Victoria” will show a very different queen than the solemn, plump monarch most often pictured. She always looks like she’s in mourning and miserable. The younger version of her was just such a contradiction. She was feisty and emotional. She laughed and danced and loved her opera and ballet. People don’t know that side of her at all. I felt the weight of responsibility on this one because she was a remarkable girl, and I wanted to do her justice.”
“She was a very feisty teenager, unreadable at times, people couldn’t place why she was so charismatic because she was this diminutive little thing, not particularly attractive, but there was so much power in her.”
“I’m reading up a lot on queens,” she says. “The Other Boleyn Girl, The Queen’s Fool… The film really emphasises her human qualities. Mrs Brown is the only other film about Victoria. It’s really just about a family – who happen to be royalty.”
“You talk about these massive tantrums that she’d throw and they’d be sort of reverberating around the castle, and I just thought, ‘God, what a great girl.'”
• Producer Sarah Ferguson’s daughter, Princess Beatrice of York, has a small role in the film as one of Victoria’s ladies in waiting. Beatrice is a great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
• The film was shot in location at Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey.