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The Young Victoria
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Produced by Martin Scorsese
Graham King
Sarah, Duchess of York
Written by Julian Fellowes
Starring Emily Blunt
Miranda Richardson
Jim Broadbent
Paul Bettany
Mark Strong
Rupert Friend
Thomas Kretschmann
Julian Glover
Michael Maloney
Rachael Stirling
Music by Ilan Eshkeri
Cinematography Hagen Bogdanski
Editing by Jill Bilcock
Matt Garner
Studio GK Films
Distributed by Momentum Pictures
Release date(s) 6 March 2009 (2009-03-06) (UK)
02009-12-18 18 December 2009 (US)
Running time 105 min.
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $35 million[1]
Gross revenue $26,061,602[1]

The Young Victoria is a 2009 film based around the accession to the throne and early reign of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, and her marriage to Prince Albert, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. It stars Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Miranda Richardson, and Jim Broadbent. The film is produced by Graham King, Martin Scorsese, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Tim Headington. The world premiere was held at the Electric Palace[2] in Bridport, Dorset in South West England, United Kingdom. It was released in limited markets in the US on December 18, 2009. The film won the awards for the Best Make-Up and Best Costume Design at the 2010 BAFTAs



Scenes set at Westminster Abbey were filmed at Lincoln Cathedral in September and October 2007,[3] with some scenes already filmed at Blenheim Palace from 23–24 August 2007, Arundel Castle, West Sussex, Wilton House near Salisbury, Wiltshire, Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire and Osterley Park, Hounslow which doubled for internal scenes of the monarch's main residence, Buckingham Palace.

Plot synopsis

The film is a romantic dramatisation of some of the events preceding and following the coronation of Queen Victoria, focusing on her early reign and romance with Prince Albert in the 1830s.

Historical accuracy

Although largely faithful to a selection of historical facts, the film has drawn criticism for embellishing on events in order to increase dramatic potential. For example, Prince Albert was never shot during an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria. The film's screenwriter, Julian Fellowes, told BBC Radio 4's Film Programme[4] that showing Prince Albert having been grazed by the bullet in the film was added to show his bravery and devotion as he tried to stop Queen Victoria from being shot.

According to the writer, passionate Tory[5] Julian Fellowes,[6] "The scene where he (Conroy) is trying to make her sign the paper when she is ill and she throws it to the floor - it's completely true", and "The scene in Windsor where the King stands up and insults Victoria's mother is not only true, but about two-thirds of his speech is what he actually said!". However, the Duchess of Kent was seated next to the King when he spoke[7] and did not leave during the speech; and, undepicted in the film, the princess burst into tears "and the two parties, soon realizing that they had gone too far, patched up an uneasy truce".[8] According to Greville's Memoirs: "The Queen (Adelaide) looked in deep distress, the Princess (Victoria) burst into tears, and the whole company were aghast. The Duchess of Kent said not a word. Immediately after they rose and retired, and a terrible scene ensued; the Duchess announced her immediate departure and ordered her carriage, but a sort of reconciliation was patched up, and she was prevailed upon to stay till the next day."[9]

Principal cast


  1. Childhood
  2. Go To England Make Her Smile (Albert's Theme)
  3. Down The Stairs (Victoria's Theme)
  4. King's Birthday, The
  5. Swan Song
  6. King Is Dead, The
  7. Buckingham Palace
  8. Lord Melbourne
  9. Albert Returns
  10. Archery
  11. First Waltz, The
  12. Rainy Gazebo
  13. Letters From Victoria
  14. Constitutional Crisis
  15. Riot
  16. Letters From Albert
  17. Marriage Proposal
  18. Honeymoon
  19. Assassin
  20. Victoria And Albert
  21. Only You - Sinead O'Connor


The film is available on DVD in Great Britain and began limited release in the U.S. on December 18, 2009.


The film currently holds a 73% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 41 reviews. Emily Blunt received a Golden Globe nomination in 2010 for Best Dramatic Actress.[11] This film also received three Academy Awards nominations in 2010 for Best Art Direction, Makeup, and won for Costume Design. [12] At the 2010 BAFTA Awards, The Young Victoria won the awards for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hair.


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  2. ^ Oscar-winner's love affair with Victoria Dorset Echo, 3 March 2009
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  6. ^ Cineworld Unlimited magazine, March 09 Issue, p33
  7. ^ M. Charlot, Victoria: the young queen (1991) p.68
  8. ^ Michael Brock, ‘William IV (1765–1837)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004
  9. ^ The Greville Memoirs Vol. 3 p 376
  10. ^ Princess Beatrice makes her movie debut in The Young Victoria
  11. ^ "The Young Victoria". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  12. ^ " Nominations". Academy Awards. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 

External links

See also

Films about Queen Victoria
TV serials about Queen Victoria


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