The Young Victoria

Synopsis: Dominated by her possessive mother and her bullying consort, Conroy, since childhood, teen-aged Victoria refuses to allow them the power of acting as her regent in the last days of her uncle, William IV's rule. Her German cousin Albert is encouraged to court her for solely political motives but, following her accession at age eighteen, finds he is falling for her and is dismayed at her reliance on trusty Prime Minister Melbourne. Victoria is impressed by Albert's philanthropy which is akin to her own desire to help her subjects. However her loyalty to Melbourne, perceived as a self-seeker, almost causes a constitutional crisis and it is Albert who helps restore her self-confidence. She proposes and they marry, Albert proving himself not only a devoted spouse, prepared to take an assassin's bullet for her, but an agent of much-needed reform, finally endorsed by an admiring Melbourne.
Director(s): Jean-Marc Vallée
Production: Apparition
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 17 nominations.
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105 min

Guards! Royal salute! Present arms!

Some people are born

more fortunate than others.

Such was the case with me.

But as a child,

I was convinced of quite the opposite.

What little girl does not dream

of growing up as a princess?

But some palaces

are not at all what you'd think.

Even a palace... can be a prison.

Mama never explained why she

would have someone taste my food.

Why I couldn't attend school with

other children or read popular books.

When my father died,

Mama and her adviser,

Sir John Conroy, created rules.

He said they were for my protection,

and he called it the Kensington System.

I could not sleep in a room

without Mama

or even walk downstairs

without holding the hand of an adult.

I learned the reason for all this

when I was 1 1.

My uncle William

was the King of England.

Yet he and his three brothers

could boast only one living child.

And that was me.

Sir John's dream

was that the King would die

and there would be a Regency,

where my mother would rule England

and he would rule my mother.

So I began to dream of the day

when my life would change...

.. and I might be free.

And I prayed for the strength

to meet my destiny.

I will be good.

God save the Queen!

God save the Queen!

God save the Queen!

Sign it!

Are you sure

that we're doing the right thing?

We've waited long enough.

Now, for the last time,

you will sign this order.

I will not sign it.

I say you will!

- I say I will not.

- How dare you, you...!

Sir John.

We were just...

It's time for the Princess's medicine.

- Shall l?

- I'll do it.

Well, if you're sure.

- Good night, mein liebling.

- Good night, Mama.

How are you?

I've received a letter from England.

My sister says Victoria won't sign

the order for her Regency.

And why would she sign it?

The Princess is nearly 1 8. Why

would she sign away her own powers?

Because she is an ignorant baby.

Because she needs guidance and time

to prepare for her role as Queen.

Until then, my sister

will take her place as Regent.

Sir John Conroy would be Regent.

Unfortunately, the Duchess

is controlled by her controller.

It may be in Your Majesty's interests

to abandon Conroy and your sister,

before it's too late,

and support the future Queen instead.

Of course, the Duchess won't like it.

Baron, I was born the younger son

of a penniless duke.

Now I'm King of the Belgians.

Such journeys are not managed

without hard decisions.


who controls a young girl most?

Now go to Germany

and finish my nephew's training.


I suppose you want

to walk with me this afternoon.

Really? Just the two of us alone?

What would Mama say?

Hold still

or I'll never get your nose right.

Oh, I give up!

I give up. You are impossible.

You are impossible. You are impossible.

Victoria, your mother's waiting.

Come on!


- Where is the Duchess?

- In the drawing room, Your Highness.

It will take them three days

to arrive by coach from Coburg. Dashy!

- How did you come downstairs?

- I walked.

- Not alone?

- No, not alone.

- Lehzen was with me.

- She held your hand?

She did. Though why she still has to...

Because not everyone in England

wishes you well.

Put the book down, please.


England is the key to peace in Europe.

Your uncle's throne is six years old

and born of civil war.

He only took the crown of Belgium

because England pledged her support.

And if he's to survive, he must have

English force at his disposal.

Favourite novels?

- Sie hat nicht viele Romane gelesen.

- English. Always English.

She has not read many novels.

They were forbidden until last year.

- But she did like...?

- The Bride of Lammermoor.

- By?

- Sir Walter Scott.

- Other recreations?

- Drawing. The famous dolls, of course.

Piano. Music, generally. It's hard

to believe she knows so little Schubert.

Never mind Schubert.

She likes modern composers.

- Is she permitted the theatre?

- Only the opera and ballet.

Which opera does she like best?

- Norma?

I Puritani!

In order to maintain control

over Princess Victoria,

Sir John and the Duchess keep her

away from King William's court.

Thus when she does

make a public appearance,

her mere presence causes quite a stir.

You must win her favour

before anyone else has the chance.

You still don't look well.

Maybe we should go away for August.

- No, Mama.

- What do you mean, no?

We missed the Queen's birthday.

We will not miss the King's.

We've accepted. We're going.

Really, Victoria, don't issue

orders to me. I'm not a servant.

Well, you've already disobeyed

about the extra rooms. That's enough.

Are we to live like rabbits,

crammed in a hutch?

We live in a palace, Mama.

We're a lot better off than most people.

The rooms which I took were empty.

Keeping us out of them

was... almost immoral.

- That's what John says.

- I knew he'd have a part in it.

My dearest child,

he only wants what's best for you.

I wish you could believe that.

I've invited the Coburg brothers

to come and stay.

- You ought to know them better.

- Why?

Because you should.

- Uncle Leopold thinks it's a good idea.

You stick one more pin in me,

I swear I will call the guard.

Your first visit is the most important.

We can not have any mistakes.

And always remember,

you're first a Coburg.

The King of the Belgians is a Coburg.

The King of Portugal is a Coburg,

so is the Queen of England's mother.

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Julian Fellowes

Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, DL (born 17 August 1949) is an English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter, and a Conservative peer of the House of Lords. Fellowes is primarily known as the author of several Sunday Times best-seller novels; for the screenplay for the film Gosford Park, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2002; and as the creator, writer and executive producer of the multiple award-winning ITV series Downton Abbey (2010–2015). more…

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