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''The Young Victoria'' tells the story of QueenVictoria (Creator/EmilyBlunt)'s early years, beginning with her isolated childhood with her mother, the Duchess of Kent, and her tyrannical aide John Conroy; her headstrong reactions to the attempts of her mother, her uncles King William IV of the UK and King Leopold of Belgium, and her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, to control her; and the beginning of her lifelong romance with [[KissingCousins her cousin and future husband]], Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The screenplay is by Jullian Fellowes, creator of ''DowntonAbbey''.
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!!This film provides examples of the following:

* ArtisticLicense: Albert [[spoiler: was not actually wounded during the assassination attempt]]; the director stated he put that in to make it more dramatic.
** HM the Queen (ER II and Victoria's great-great granddaughter) got a sneak preview and didn't like this bit. Apart from this event, the film is mostly an aversion of this trope.
** As is mentioned below, in reality Lord Melbourne was forty years older than Victoria. They also got on very well indeed; she was ''so'' devoted to him, in fact, that people started to mockingly call her 'Mrs Melbourne'.
** Sir John Conroy goes so far as to physically abuse Victoria, twice. The real Conroy, while ambitious and arrogant, was ''never'' so foolish as to treat the future monarch so poorly; he mostly ignored her, which was idiotic enough in its own right.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Played twice for good measure.
* BritishRoyalFamily: Literally as well as figuratively. Princess Beatrice of York, the real Queen Victoria's great-great-great-great-granddaughter, has a small part in the film as one of Victoria's ladies-in-waiting. (The film was produced by Princess Beatrice's mother.)
* CoolOldGuy: The Duke of Wellington. A RetiredBadass too.
* DancesAndBalls
* DefrostingIceQueen: Victoria, in a sense. Though she's generally warm and friendly, her CharacterArc over the course of the film is to not be so staunchly independent/protective of her power and let Albert help her in the ruling of her country.
* EvilMatriarch: The princess has a very difficult relationship with her mother, the Duchess of Kent, who under the influence of EvilChancellor Sir John Conroy controls the princess's every move and conspires to browbeat her into allowing the Duchess (and consequently Conroy) the regency until well into her adulthood. Upon her accession, Victoria banishes her mother to a far corner of Buckingham Palace and turfs Conroy altogether. Happily, she can rely on the counsel of her kindly aunt, the dowager Queen Adelaide, and eventually thaws slightly to her mother after the birth of her first daughter.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Oh yes, including RegalRinglets. The film even won an AcademyAward for its CostumePorn and {{Pimped Out Dress}}es.
* HappilyEverAfter: The real Victoria and Albert more or less got to do this, going on to have nine children and a very successful monarchy, until his death.
* HeldGaze: Victoria and Albert have one long gaze into each other's eyes as they waltz together at the ball to celebrate Victoria's becoming Queen of England.
* HeroicBystander: When Victoria is shot at, the man standing next to the shooter immediately wrestles the gun away from him.
* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, It's That Guy!]]: The Duchess of Kent is [[{{Blackadder}} Queen Elizabeth]], while King William is [[{{Narnia}} Professor Kirke]]/[[Film/HarryPotter Slughorn]], John Conroy is [[Film/{{Stardust}} Prince Septimus]]/[[Film/SherlockHolmes Lord Blackwood]], King Leopold I is [[{{Film/Immortal}} Alcide Nikopol]] and Lord Melbourne is [[Film/MasterAndCommander Stephen Maturin]].
** Also, Prince Albert is [[PrideAndPrejudice Mr. Wickham]]!
** The Duke of Wellington is [[Film/TheLastCrusade Walter Donovan]].
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The historical Sir John Conroy, while indeed an adventurer and a nasty piece of work, nevertheless was not so stupid as to physically abuse the future Queen of England.
* HollywoodOld: Lord Melbourne was 58 when Victoria became queen. Paul Bettany had just celebrated his 38th birthday when he played the role.
* HotConsort: Oh yes.
* IWasQuiteALooker: That too.
* KickTheDog: Literally; after violently manhandling Victoria (a scene which [[CallingTheOldManOut she promises she will never forgive her mother]] for standing by and watching), John Conroy actually kicks her dog, Dash, as she storms from the room.
* KissingCousins: Albert was Victoria's first cousin; his father was her mother's brother.
* TheManBehindTheMan: The whole movie is about how she thwarts everyone vying to control her: her mother and her advisor; King William (who mostly just wants to die after she turns 18, so she can become Queen with no regency); King Leopold (whose tyrannical attitude is exaggerated - actually he was her favourite uncle); and Lord Melbourne (whom the real Victoria loved dearly). Melbourne, at least, is portrayed as genuinely caring for the young Queen and mostly having her best interests at heart; but he was, of course, a politician.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Played subtly at the start, then amped up with the whole "let him rule with you" bit.
* PetTheDog: At the end of his appointment as Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne admits [[spoiler:that some of his counsel to Victoria may have not been in her best interest and asks Victoria for her forgiveness. He also advises for Victoria for the last time, asking her to trust in Albert, despite all the animosity Albert may have with Lord Melbourne]].
* PlayingAgainstType: A behind-the-camera example; produced by ''Creator/MartinScorsese'', of all people.
* RealLifeRelative: See: BritishRoyalFamily above.
* RebelliousPrincess: Victoria fights off the determined attempts of her mother and John Conroy to control her and force her to accept a regency.
* RedOniBlueOni: The passionate, fiery and stubborn Victoria, and the quiet, reserved and patient Albert.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Despite the dissuasions of her Whig prime minister Lord Melbourne, who didn't think much of the common lot of mankind, Victoria is anxious to help the poor, and Albert endears himself to her by being abubble with ideas on the subject.
* RulingCouple: Victoria and Albert naturally, though it's actually one of the themes of the film: that Victoria ''allow'' her husband rule alongside her.
* ShownTheirWork: King William IV's astonishing public tirade against the Duchess of Kent at his birthday dinner is not only not exaggerated, much of it is quoted verbatim.
* ShutUpHannibal: After Victoria is crowned, Lord Melbourne announces to John Conroy and the Duchess of Kent that they would not be living together with the queen in the palace, effectively cutting off all influence they may have over her. The two get very upset, alternatively threatening and appealing to Lord Melbourne's better nature. In the middle of Conroy's rant, Lord Melbourne effectively cut both of them off with this.
-->'''Lord Melbourne:''' I'm sorry. I see I have not expressed myself clearly. You have played the game... and lost.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Victoria muses extensively on how to avoid being controlled or making mistakes due to her youth and inexperience.
** And Bertie offers to become TheWisePrince and share TheChainsOfCommanding.
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: The main character.

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