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Queen of Destiny (1938)
"Sixty Glorious Years" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  2 August 1940 (USA)
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Picking up where "Victoria the Great" left off, this sequel to the 1938 film returns Anna Neagle to the role of Queen Victoria in another colorful account of the revered British monarch's ... See full summary »

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Picking up where "Victoria the Great" left off, this sequel to the 1938 film returns Anna Neagle to the role of Queen Victoria in another colorful account of the revered British monarch's reign. This film offers a stellar chronicle of Victoria's relationship with Prince Albert (Anton Walbrook) as well as the political and military upheavals that characterized her time as England's royal leader. Written by Anonymous

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The world premiere found Queen Mary, after a two-year absence from the theatre, in the Royal Box in London's Odeon Theatre, accompanied by Lady Cambridge, the Duke of Kent, Lord Carisbrooke and Lady Claud Hamilton. See more »

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25 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This film is something of a puzzle to me in that Anna Neagle played the same role in a film released a year earlier which covered a lot of the same ground in the long life of Queen Victoria. A great many members of the cast covered said ground with her, most prominently Anton Walbrook who fits my conception perfectly of what Prince Albert must have been like.

Sixty Glorious Years which was released on this side of the pond as Queen Of Destiny is a bit slow and ponderous, but Neagle makes an unforgettable Queen Victoria in all the stages of her 64 years. The British people are currently going through the same experience as Queen Elizabeth II has reached her 60th year, her Diamond Jubilee year of her reign.

Matching her in every way is Anton Walbrook who played HRH Prince Albert who set a standard of behavior for a male consort to follow, one that Prince Philip has matched in his time as well. It took a while for him to win over the British people, but he managed.

One thing that was glossed over and I wish was given more attention was that in 1861 Albert played a great if back channel role in preventing the USA and the UK from going to war over the Trent Affair. During the early years of our Civil War, an American navy captain seized the British ship Trent carrying some accredited Confederate agents bound for London and Paris. Two wars was not something Abraham Lincoln was ready to handle as was this nation. He was in the early stages of the illness that claimed him, still he labored tirelessly for peace.

Standing out in the vast supporting cast of a pageant of British statesmen and personalities of the 19th century are C. Aubrey Smith as the aged Duke of Wellington and Felix Aylmer as Viscount Palmerston. Again fitting my conception of what these two guys were like.

Sixty Glorious Years is a bit ponderous and slow, still it is a fine tribute to a woman who molded and shaped the character of the British monarchy today.


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