* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The Duchess of Kent. Is she just a pawn of Sir John's scheming, and has she let her desire for power forget her love for her daughter? Or was her softening towards the end less a HeelRealization and a moment of pragmatism - trying to get on the Queen's good side? Notably the letters she sends Victoria during their estrangement could be read as sincere, or emotional blackmail.
* AwardSnub: Many was surprised that Emily Blunt did not get an Oscar nomination. As a highly respected actress who has never conformed to traditional OscarBait, many felt the Academy would recognise her for this one.
* CatharsisFactor: The King's ReasonYouSuckSpeech in public to the Duchess of Kent is magnificent, after she's spent her screentime being a pompous, silly and manipulative piece of work. Bonus points for it actually happening too, with about two-thirds of the dialogue what the King actually said.
* ClicheStorm: Deliberately averted, according to WordOfGod. Early ideas included ending the film with Albert's death, but Julian Fellowes wanted to avoid such a cliche of biopics.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: After being instructed by their uncle Leopold about Victoria's tastes, Albert greets her at their first meeting and awkwardly shoehorns in that he was reading her favorite novel on the way. His brother elbows him.
** Jim Broadbent has now played Queen Victoria's uncle and [[BlackadderSS2BlackaddersChristmasCarol husband]].
** Written into the film, where Victoria says she doesn't want too large a family. They ended up having nine children.