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Queen Victoria (Character)
from The Young Victoria (2009)

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The Young Victoria (2009)
Princess Victoria: Do you ever feel like a chess piece yourself? In a game being played against your will.
Prince Albert: Do you?
Princess Victoria: Constantly. I see them leaning in and moving me around the board.
Prince Albert: The Duchess and Sir John?
Princess Victoria: Not just them. Uncle Leopold. The king. I'm sure half the politicians are ready to seize hold of my skirts and drag me from square to square.
Prince Albert: Then you had better master the rules of the game until you play it better than they can.
Princess Victoria: You don't recommend I find a husband to play it for me?
Prince Albert: I should find one to play it with you, not for you.

Princess Victoria: [to her mother] Oh, and if you think that I will ever forget that you stood by silent and watched him treat me thus, you are dreaming!

Queen Victoria: [to the Council] I am young, but I am willing to learn, and I mean to devote my life to the service of my country and my people. I look for your help in this. I know I shall not be disappointed. Thank you.

Queen Adelaide: You'll have to decide on a husband soon. What about Leopold's candidate?
Queen Victoria: I can't marry the man they want me to marry.
Queen Adelaide: Every suitor will come with strings attached.
Queen Victoria: Can't I be my own mistress for a while, haven't I earnt it? Dear Lord M, he's so very kind, I couldn't have asked for a better tutor.
Queen Adelaide: You may dream of independence, but you won't get it. From now on, everyone will push and pull you for their own advantage, Melbourne more than the rest. Just remember, you are the queen. He's a politician. And politicians, whatever their creed, always resent the monarchy. They pass through, you stay. So just keep dear Lord M in his proper sphere.
Queen Victoria: He's already chosen the new household.

Queen Victoria: I do want to help them, whatever you say. And not just the laboring poor, but the hungry and the homeless, and... There are people who are lost, and whose business is it to see to their welfare?
Lord Melbourne: Well, in my experience, ma'am, it's best to let these things develop naturally. If you interfere, you risk overturning the cart.
Queen Victoria: Well, Prince Albert doesn't agree. He's made a study of the working man's condition, he's full to the brim with ideas for their improvement.
Lord Melbourne: Is he indeed? How inspiring.

Prince Albert: I just got your note. I was riding.
Queen Victoria: Sit, please.
Prince Albert: The park is marvelous.
Queen Victoria: I'm so pleased you like it. I do want you to feel quite at home... I'm sure you're aware why I wished you to come here. Because it would make me happier than anything, too happy really, if you would agree to what I wish.
Prince Albert: And stay with you?
Queen Victoria: And stay with me.
Prince Albert: And marry you?
Queen Victoria: And marry me!

Queen Victoria: I will not have my role usurped! I wear the crown! And if there are mistakes they will be my mistakes, and no one else will make them! No one, not even you!
Prince Albert: I am leaving before you excite yourself and harm the child.
Queen Victoria: You will go when I dismiss you. I am your queen, and I am telling you to stay!
Prince Albert: Good night, Victoria.
[exits]
Queen Victoria: [storms over to door] You may not go! You may not go! I order you to stay here in this room! Albert!

Prince Albert: For pity's sake, smile, woman. Anyone would think we had quarreled.
Princess Victoria: Don't talk to me.

Queen Victoria: [sobbing] I'm so sorry! I thought I was going to lose you!
Prince Albert: I don't think he was a very good shot.
Queen Victoria: Why did you do it? So stupid, why did you do it?
Prince Albert: I had two very good reasons. First, I am replaceable and you are not.
Queen Victoria: You are not replaceable to me!
Prince Albert: Second, you're the only wife I've got or ever will have. You are my whole existence, and I will love you until my very last breath.

Sir John Conroy: You're too young! You've no experience. You're like a china doll, walking over a precipice...
Princess Victoria: Well then I must smash! For it's too late to mend my ways now.

Princess Victoria: Now, I am quite married.

Princess Victoria: Lord Melbourne says French doctors kill their patients. English ones just let them die.

Prince Albert: You know when we are old and surrounded with our children we will look on this as the day our life began.
Queen Victoria: Not TOO surrounded please...
[Victoria climbs on top of Albert and holds him down by the wrists]
Queen Victoria: ...and not too soon.
Prince Albert: Oh. I am expecting a very LARGE family.
[Victoria giggles and Albert and Victoria embrace]

[opening lines]
Princess Victoria: [voiceover] 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 would 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 advisor, 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 eleven: 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.

Prince Albert: Victoria.
Princess Victoria: It's all right, Lehzen. Albert can take me up.
[to Albert]
Princess Victoria: You'll have to hold my hand. Mama insists. I hope you don't mind.
Prince Albert: Not in the least.
Princess Victoria: What did you want to say?
Prince Albert: Only that I understand more than you think of what your life is.
Princess Victoria: Do you?
Prince Albert: My childhood wasn't easy, either. I lost my mother when I was a boy.
Princess Victoria: I know. She died.
Prince Albert: No. That is, she did die. Eventually. But she was sent away long before that. There was some difficulty... It was all hushed up and no one talks of it now. But I know what it is to live alone, inside your head, while never giving a clue as to your real feelings.
Princess Victoria: Did Uncle Leopold ask you to tell me that?
Prince Albert: No. He actually told me never to mention it.
Princess Victoria: Well, how little he knows me.
Prince Albert: [pause] May I write to you?
[She smiles]


Mrs Brown (1997)
[to a princess at lunch]
Queen Victoria: You're not eating enough. One must not let vanity overrule appetite.

Queen Victoria: No one should think themselves wiser than me!

Queen Victoria: [Queen spills water down her front]
John Brown: Honest to God woman, I never thought I'd see you in such a state, you must miss him dreadfully.
Queen Victoria: You do not! - he- Get him out!
[heads towards door]
Queen Victoria: GET HIM OUT! GET HIM OUT!

Queen Victoria: [to Prime Minister Disraeli] How dare the Irish break with the Anglicans? If Albert were alive today he would never allow the Crown to give up Church patronage. No, the Irish must be told, very firmly, to stay exactly where they are. It is the thin edge of the wedge, Mr Disraeli. Next, you will be telling me that the Crown no longer governs this nation.

Queen Victoria: Mr Brown.
John Brown: Yes, ma'am.
Queen Victoria: You have been told repeatedly not to stand in the courtyard unless requested to do so.
John Brown: Yes, ma'am.
Queen Victoria: Then why do you persist in doing it?
John Brown: Because I think Her Majesty is wrong. If ever there was a poor soul who needed fresh air, it is her.
Queen Victoria: The Queen will ride out if and when she chooses.
John Brown: And I intend to be there when she's ready.

Queen Victoria: I will not tolerate anybody lecturing me about the responsibility of the monarchy. Least of all my son. It was his irresponsibility that drove my husband to his grave.

Queen Victoria: No-one should think themselves wiser than me! It is not for any of the Queen's subjects to presume to tell Her Majesty when and where She should come out of mourning. It is the Queen's sorrow that keeps her secluded! It is Her overwhelming amount of work and responsibility, work which She feels will soon wear her out entirely! Is it not enough that She is uncheered and unguided that she should also have to suffer these malicious rumors? I am not a fool. I know there are those in the establishment too afraid to attack me and so they attack my dearest friends. Sometimes I feel that Brown is all I have left of Albert. And now they attack Brown too. I will not give him up to them.

Queen Victoria: Duty? You talk about duty?
John Brown: If duty and safety are served by the same end then, aye, I do.
Queen Victoria: I cannot believe you are saying this? You, who I have relied on all this time.
John Brown: Have I ever let you down before?
Queen Victoria: You stand there and tell me it is my duty. After all you promised me!
John Brown: I'm breaking no promises!
Queen Victoria: You are forcing me to do the very thing you know I fear most!
John Brown: For god's sake, woman, I'm just trying to keep you safe!
Queen Victoria: I will not hear any more about my safety! You made me a promise and now you have broken it!
John Brown: When I took you out riding, come rain or shine, because I knew it was right for you, when I kept the bairns off your back so you could have a bit of peace, when I saw you safe from home to home and you didn't even knowI was there. All I've ever thought about is you!
Queen Victoria: Then why send me back to them?
John Brown: Because I have to! Will you no listen to me, woman?
Queen Victoria: Do not presume to talk to your Queen in that manner.

Queen Victoria: Why aren't you with him?
Princess Alexandra: You ordered all members of the Royal Family attend you at Balmoral, ma'am.

Queen Victoria: I have noticed of late that my feelings of grief are not so strong, and I find myself leaning more on the comfort of living friends. Friends close to me now.
Doctor Jenner: Your Majesty, a settled resignation is more lasting proof of affection than active grief. If the Good Lord sees fit to bring one into contact with congenial fellow beings, one need not analyze one's reaction too deeply. To allow oneself to be comforted by someone else need not imply disloyalty to the memory of the loved one.


"Doctor Who: Tooth and Claw (#2.2)" (2006)
Queen Victoria: What exactly, I pray, tell me, someone, please, what exactly is that creature?
The Doctor: You'd call it a werewolf, but technically it's more of a lupine-wavelength haemovariform...

Queen Victoria: I am not amused.

[the Doctor, Rose, and Queen Victoria are trying to escape through a window at the Torchwood Estate, where a werewolf is chasing them]
Sir Robert: Excuse my manners, ma'am, but I shall go first, the better to assist her majesty's egress.
Queen Victoria: A noble sentiment, my Sir Walter Raleigh.
The Doctor: Yeah, any chance you could hurry it up?

Queen Victoria: And please excuse the naked girl.
Rose Tyler: Sorry.
The Doctor: She's a feral child. I bought her for sixpence in old London Town. It's was her or the Elephant Man, so...
Rose Tyler: Thinks he's funny but I'm so not amused.

Rose Tyler: Is that the Koh-i-noor?
The Doctor: Oh yes. The greatest diamond in the world.
Queen Victoria: Given to me as the spoils of war. Perhaps its legend is now coming true. It is said that whoever owns it must surely die.
The Doctor: Well, that's true of anything if you wait long enough.

Father Angelo: We have waited so long for one of your journeys to coincide with the moon.
Queen Victoria: Then you have waited in vain. After six attempts on my life,
[she reaches into her clutch-bag and pulls out a pistol, aiming it at him]
Queen Victoria: I am hardly unprepared.
Father Angelo: Oh, I don't think so, woman.
Queen Victoria: The correct form of address is Your Majesty.
[she shoots]


Victoria the Great (1937)
Lord Palmerston: We must face the fact that the prince is the best hated man in the country.
Prince Albert: And you the best loved?
Lord Palmerston: That would at least give Your Highness and myself something in common - to be opposite ends of the same stick.
Queen Victoria: Lord Palmerston, we are not amused!

Queen Victoria: I need to go back and discuss with Sir Robert Peel a new tax. He calls it the 'income tax'. I fear it is not going to be very popular.

Queen Victoria: Do you have steam trains in Germany Albert?
Prince Albert: Yes, of course we have.
Queen Victoria: But not as fast as this. Look - there are the boys from Eton school and they can hardly keep up with us. That shows how fast we're travelling.


Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
Monique La Roche: I'm sorry, Phileas.
Phileas Fogg: Don't be, my cheri. I saw the world. I learnt of new cultures. I flew across an ocean. I wore women's clothing. Made a friend.
[he takes Monique's hand]
Phileas Fogg: Fell in love. Who cares if I lost a wager?
Queen Victoria: I do! I've got 20 quid riding on you.
Phileas Fogg: Your Majesty, it has gone 12 noon.
Queen Victoria: Correct. Which gives you 24 hours remaining.

[last lines]
Queen Victoria: Well done!


The Great McGonagall (1975)
William McGonagall: But for my age I too would have joined your army.
Queen Victoria: Oh come now, Mr McGonagall. You're only 45.
William McGonagall: Aye, that's my age but I do not...
Queen Victoria: Oh come now, join up. Join up and travel to distant and exotic places. Meet interesting and exciting people, and then kill them.

Queen Victoria: I am Queen Victoria, and I am very big in England!


The Little Princess (1939)
Queen Victoria: What is it, child?
Sara Crewe: My father, they said he died at Mafeking. But I don't believe it! He may be here with the new wounded men, but they won't let me look! If they don't, I may never have another chance. Can you make them let me look?
Queen Victoria: Colonel, will you please see that this child is escorted through the wards?
Colonel Gordon: With permission, I shall accompany her personally, Your Majesty.
Sara Crewe: What... what's your name?
Queen Victoria: Victoria. What's yours?
Sara Crewe: Sara... oh Your Majesty!
[kneels and kisses the Queen's hand]


Great (Isambard Kingdom Brunel) (1975)
Queen Victoria: Ah, Mr Brunel, what are you designing now? Something we shall find amusing, I trust?
Isambard Kingdom Brunel: How about something six times larger than anything like it before?
Queen Victoria: Oh, Isambard!
[Looks at blueprints. Disappointed]
Queen Victoria: Oh, it's a ship.


Queen of Destiny (1938)
Prince Albert: It's a beautiful dance, the waltz.
Queen Victoria: How the young people do enjoy it.
Prince Albert: Are we so very old?
Queen Victoria: I'm 21, Albert.
Prince Albert: That's very old!
Queen Victoria: Old enough to know that it would be improper for a married woman to dance the waltz!


The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
Mycroft Holmes: And this is my brother Sherlock, ma'am.
Queen Victoria: Ah, yes! Sherlock Holmes. We have been following your exploits with great interest.
Holmes: Thank you, ma'am.
Queen Victoria: Are you engaged in one of your fascinating cases at the moment?
Holmes: In a manner of speaking, ma'am.
Queen Victoria: When can we expect to read Dr Watson's account of the case?
Holmes: I hope never, ma'am. It has not been one of my more successful endeavours.


The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)
[first lines]
Royal Herald: The Foreign Secretary, Lord Redcliff!
Lord Redcliff: [rehearsing what to say under his breath] Your Majesty, being inside of your confidence is the greatest joy I've ever known. Ahem...
Queen Victoria: [handing him the document] Lord Redcliff, the fate of England is now in your hands.
Lord Redcliff: Your Confidence... being inside of Your Majesty is the greatest single joy I've ever known.
[realizing what he's said, he tosses the document away]
Lord Redcliff: Woof!
Lord Redcliff: It's alright, Your Majesty! I've got it! I've got it. All's well that ends well!
Queen Victoria: Shit.


"Edward the King: An Experiment in Education (#1.2)" (1975)
Lord Palmerston: I trust Your Majesty has recovered?
Queen Victoria: Sufficiently well. The birth was less painful than usual. Doctor Snow gave me chloroform.
Lord Palmerston: The Church disapproves of it, I believe.
Queen Victoria: The Church is run by men.


The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
[from trailer]
Queen Victoria: I HATE PIRATES!


The Wrong Box (1966)
Queen Victoria: In recognition of your many and varied services to the crown, I dub thee...
[the sword descends too fast]
Queen Victoria: Oh. We are frightfully sorry, Sir Robert.