Victoria’s Secrets: The Love Story

Posted on: 04 February 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the original love story of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert.


This year, rather than splash out on lavish materialistic gifts such as expensive flowers, jewellery or even holidays, why not celebrate Valentine’s Day as it was intended – by honouring love and romance?

This sentiment is echoed in the story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, one of England’s truest tales of love. 

Victoria's Facts

  • There are over 200 places around the world named in honour of Victoria.
  • Victoria kept a diary from the age of 13 until the end of her life.
  • Until she came of age at 18 she always slept in her mother's room.
  • Queen Victoria started the tradition of a bride wearing a white dress at her wedding. Before Victoria's wedding a bride would wear her best dress of no particular colour.
  • Seven attempts were made on her life, between 1840 and 1882.

To mark the commemorative wedding anniversary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on 10th February, Momentum Pictures are releasing The Young Victoria in March. This royal story of romance and passion shows how falling in love can literally take your breath away.

From Academy Award winners Graham King and Martin Scorsese comes the story of Queen Victoria’s early rise to power. From a royal power-struggle to a romantic courtship and legendary marriage to Prince Albert, Emily Blunt (Devil Wears Prada) gives a stunning performance as the young Victoria.

Packed with drama, romance, political intrigue, breathtaking cinematography and featuring an outstanding British cast including Jim Broadbent, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson and Rupert Friend, The Young Victoria will captivate audiences everywhere.

While Victoria and Albert’s engagement was actually pre-arranged, luckily their romance was true. The film’s producer, Graham King, described theirs as a “true love story”.

“It is a human story, a story that people can relate to rather than just being a standard period film or film about royalty,” says King.

Celebrate your Valentine’s Day in honour of their love affair, and ensure that your relationship is filled with heart-stopping romance, respect and loyalty.

Romantic Film Set Locations

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

The stunning venue houses a special exhibition, which opens on Valentine’s Day and runs through until the end of March.

Visit some of the amazing rooms where love stories and scandals actually took place. Blenheim Palace offers a magical setting for any fairytale wedding ceremony and reception.

Incorporating magnificent gardens and majestic ballrooms, the Palace can provide a spectacular setting for celebrations ranging from 60 to 300 guests. Even if you are not quite ready for a wedding ceremony, Blenheim Palace has plenty to enjoy and with the Formal Gardens opening again on Valentine’s Day, you can walk the ground and pretend to be the young couple in the 19th Century.

Arundel Castle, Sussex

Set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle offers visitors a true treasure of English history.

Open from April to November, not only can you enjoy the majestic gardens on offer, you can also visit its museum which exhibits everything from paintings to stained glass and tapestry to antique clocks.

Belvoir Castle, Leicester

From the elegance of the Elizabeth Saloon to the majestic air of the State dining room, visitors can transport themselves back into the era of Victoria and Albert and experience romance the traditional way.

Ham House, London

Sat alongside the River Thames, Ham House and Garden is a complete picture of life in the 17th Century. Featuring sumptuous interiors, and beautiful gardens, Ham House is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.

The Young Victoria is at cinemas everywhere from the 6th March 2009. To find out more about the fabulous cast, costumes and to discover more about the original love story visit www.theyoungvictoria.co.uk.

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