For our first Reel vs. Real feature this year, let's look back at the award-winning 2009 period drama film which depicted the life and reign of Queen Victoria, one of the Britain's best known and most prominent monarchs in history.
A portion of our Reel vs. Real installments were dedicated to some of the most fascinating royalties in history (such as Queen Elizabeth I, King George VI, and Princess Diana), so it’s only but proper for us to include the 2009 British-American period drama which tells about the life of Queen Victoria. Aside from being credited with a long reign of characterized by peace, prosperity, and national self-confidence, and the longest reigning British monarch to date, Queen Victoria also holds the distinction of being one of the first royalties to have highly detailed and realistic photographic portraits.
The Young Victoria tells about the early life and reign of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) and also explores her marriage to her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Rupert Friend). As Princess Victoria of Kent and the heiress presumptive to the throne of her uncle King William IV, she was brought up under the so-called “Kensington System,” a stringent set of rules created by her mother and Sir John Conroy (the comptroller of the Duchess of Kent’s household). Victoria eventually grows spiteful of her mother and Conroy’s oppressive rule over her actions, and becomes rebellious.
The princess soon meets her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha who was sent by his father, King Leopold I of Belgium, to seduce her and eventually secure an alliance between Britain and Belgium. Despite knowing her uncle’s plan to win her favor through Albert, Victoria develops a fondness for the Belgian prince and they start writing to each other when he goes home.
To make the long story short, 18-year-old Victoria ascended the throne after King William’s death, and immediately asserted her own independence. Despite many setbacks, she and Albert grew closer and eventually enjoyed a loving marriage; together, they reigned over Britain for 20 years.
The Young Victoria earned plenty of accolades, winning 10 awards out of 25 nominations. For her performance, Emily Blunt garnered many nominations, including those from the British Independent Film Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Empire Awards. The film also earned the BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design and BAFTA Award for Best Makeup and Hair at the 63rd British Academy Film Awards.
Watch the trailer for The Young Victoria below:
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