The Young Victoria (2009) Poster


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The dress Victoria wears for her first meeting with her council is a copy of the actual dress Queen Victoria wore on this occasion. It survives and as of 26 March 2012, is on display at Kensington Palace as part of the new Victoria Revealed exhibition. It is on public display in the Red Saloon (the actual room of her first Privy Council). It has since faded to brown as the black dye at the time was not stable.
Many of the interior scenes were filmed at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. The bed used in the honeymoon scene was slept in by the real Queen Victoria when she visited the castle in 1843. The bedroom is so small that all the cameras had to be placed outside the windows.
Emily Blunt's costumes wore were insured for £10,000 each.
The very tall green bed cost £25,000 to build. The Duke and Duchess of Rutland, owners of Belvoir Castle, purchased it after filming.
The 'seaside' scenes were filmed at Belvoir Castle, approximately 70 miles from the sea. The 'sand' is actually on the terrace (roof of the ground floor) of the castle. The surrounding Vale of Belvoir was digitally replaced with 'seawater'.
The floppy mesh bonnet Emily Blunt wears in the garden is the same one Rosamund Pike wears in Meryton when she learns Mr. Bingley has returned to Netherfield in Pride & Prejudice (2005), Catherine Walker wears in the garden with Catherine in Northanger Abbey (2007), and an extra wears at church in Becoming Jane (2007).
Costume designer Sandy Powell was able to inspect some of the real Queen Victoria's surviving clothes, which are housed at Kensington Palace.
This was the 2nd time that Emily Blunt played a queen of England : she already had played Katherine Howard in Henry VIII.
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Princess Beatrice:  a great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria plays one of Victoria's ladies in waiting.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The scene in which Albert is shot while shielding Queen Victoria from an assassination attempt is based on a real attempt that took place June 10, 1840. Edward Oxford, an unemployed barkeep, fired two pistols toward the Queen's carriage as she and Albert rode on Constitution Hill near Buckingham Palace. The movie, however, contains several significant departures from the facts. In real life, Albert was not injured. The court was never able to prove that Oxford had shot anything but gunpowder from his guns. Oxford was acquitted by reason of insanity, and committed to the Bethlem Royal Hospital's criminal lunatic ward. Neither Victoria nor Albert was ever injured in any other assassination attempt in their lives.

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