I'm a sucker for historical biopics as most of you already suspect. For anglophiles like me, a wonderful treat is at hand - a new historical and romantic biopic, the Young Queen Victoria currently in limited release in North America.
Watch the trailer and see a little of why Debbie (my friend and co-instructor) and I enjoyed the movie - authentic sets including Westminster Abbey, jewelry, period costumes and excellent acting. BTW, the Duchess of York was a producer. Princess Beatrice had a small role as one of the ladies in the coronation procession early in the film.
It stars Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend (Mr Wickham in Pride and Prejudice) in the title roles. Miranda Richardson plays her mother the Duchess of Kent, Jim Broadbent as King William IV and Paul Bettany as Viscount Melbourne - the first Prime Minister to serve under her reign. The film covers the early part of her life from the time just before her coronation to the birth of her first child. The film has some inaccuracies but it really does a great job at portraying Queen Victoria other than as an old widow dressed in black.
- Queen Victoria: the original people's princess
- Victorian Jewelry
- Suzy Menkes The Royal Jewels Grafton Books
- Dorothy Marshall The Life and Times of Victoria