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Queen of Destiny (1938)

Sixty Glorious Years (original title)
Picking up where Victoria the Great (1937) left off, this sequel to the 1937 film has Anna Neagle return to the role of Queen Victoria in another colorful account of the revered British ... See full summary »

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Picking up where Victoria the Great (1937) left off, this sequel to the 1937 film has Anna Neagle return 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 Queen. Written by Anonymous

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Pamela Standish later reprised her role as Victoria, Princess Royal in The Prime Minister (1941). See more »

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Wounded Soldier: If ever I gets out of here, I'll never want to see a snowflake again!
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God Save the Queen
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The queen who gave us everything Victorian
18 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before Sept. 9, 2015, Queen Victoria had been the longest reigning monarch in the history of England. Her rule lasted for 63 years and nearly five months. Born on May 24, 1819, she was 18 when she ascended to the throne after the death of William IV on June 20, 1937. She was 82 when she died on January 22, 1901.

On Sept. 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed Victoria's length of reign. She became the longest reigning English monarch at 5:30 p.m. British Standard Time. Her tenure at that time was 23,226 days, 16 hours and about 30 minutes. Queen Elizabeth was 89 years old at that time. She was born on April 21, 1926, and ascended to the throne at age 25 on Feb. 6, 1952.

"Queen of Destiny" (aka, "60 Glorious Years"), is a film about Victoria's reign. Much of the film is devoted to her marriage to Prince Albert and their great love. They had nine children, but as Prince consort of the United Kingdom, Albert had no special duties or powers. The film shows their relationship and Victoria's support as Albert took on many causes for the public good. Besides running the royal household, office and estates, Albert worked on educational reform and abolition of slavery. He was one of the founders of the Great Exhibition in October 1851 that was the first of the World's Fair events to be held.

Albert died on Dec. 14, 1861, at the young age of 42. Victoria went into a long period of mourning that included seclusion from most public appearances for the next decade. She wore black all the rest of her life. The film shows some of this and then glosses over the last few decades of her reign.

Victoria was generally well liked by her people, but she had a couple of periods of discontent. This film and others seldom include mention of the number of attempts on her life. Most were men who shot guns at her as her carriage passed. There were no global wars during her reign. But, Victoria supported the lesser wars that the U.K. was part of, including the Anglo-Afghan War (1839-42) and the Boer Wars in South Africa (1880-1881, and 1899-1902). She also supported English expansion. And the empire continued to thrive during her rule. Three powerful prime ministers served among the 11 who were in office during Victoria's reign – Benjamin Disraeli, William Gladstone, and the Marquess of Salisbury (Robert Gascoyne-Cecil).

Her reign was not without problems. The Great Famine (Potato Famine) of 1845-1852 affected all of Europe. Ireland was hurt more than any place. More than one million people died and one million emigrated. Ireland's population dropped by 20 to 25 percent. And, while England was progressing and the economy flourished overall, rank poverty was also a problem in poorer areas and in the back streets of London.

But the reign of Queen Victoria will always be known as the Victorian era or age of England. And that refers mostly to the revival in architectural styles, flourishing of the arts and an especially rich time of English literature. Many of the greatest authors, poets and playwrights lived and worked during the Victorian Age. These include the Bronte sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne), Mary Ann Evans as George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lewis Carroll, Robert Louis Stevenson, Anthony Trollope, Samuel Butler, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, Robert Browning, Thomas Carlyle, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.

This film has an excellent supporting cast, especially C. Aubrey Smith as the Duke of Wellington. It presents us a genteel portrait of the beloved queen. Anna Neagle and Anton Walbrook give good performances in their roles as Victoria and Albert. It's a nice look at an historical period in England, but one must realize that the life of Queen Victoria is highly sanitized.

A couple of other reviewers have noted one of the best assets of this movie. That is its shooting locations. It has beautiful scenes of Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Balmoral. I doubt that any other movie production has been allowed such access since this film was made. This would be a good movie to bring out on DVD. I obtained a copy made from a TV broadcast. Consequently, its of quite poor quality. But the story makes it worth watching nevertheless.


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