The Young Victoria

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The Young Victoria is a 2009 film that is a romantic dramatization of some of the events preceding and following the coronation of Queen Victoria, focusing on her early reign and romance with Prince Albert in the 1830s.

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Written by Julian Fellowes.
Love rules all (taglines)


  • [upset, to her mother] Oh, and if you think that I will ever forget that you just stood by silent and you watched him treat me thus, you are dreaming!
  • [to her 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.
  • [after being released from her corset] The untold luxury of being able to breathe again.


  • [to Victoria] For pity's sake, smile, woman. Anyone would think we had quarreled.
  • What do you call a man who waits for a rich woman to decide whether or not she wants him?

Sir Robert Peel[edit]

  • She starts on your watch, Lord Melbourne. Guard her well and keep her safe from harm.

King William[edit]

  • Mark my words. The reign of King Conroy is coming!
  • How can my little niece and nephew have grown up when I wasn't looking?
  • [to his dinner guests] I thank you for your good wishes on my birthday. It has been a long life and an interesting one. But I shall be content with only a short while more. Just enough to dispense with any thought of a Regency. So that I may pass the Royal Authority directly to that young lady. And not to the hands of a person now near me who is surrounded by evil advisers and who cannot act with propriety in the station in which she's been placed! I have been insulted! Grossly and continually insulted! She has kept her daughter, my brother's child, from my Court! But from now on, I'll have her know that I am King! And I will not be flouted or disobeyed by her or by that jackanapes she keeps about her!

Queen Adelaide[edit]

  • [to Victoria] You are confusing stubbornness with strength, my dear. And I warn you, the people will not like you for it.
  • [to the king] You have exhausted the topic.

Duchess of Kent[edit]

  • [to the maid, fixing her hair] If you stick one more pin in me, I swear I shall call the guard.
  • My dearest child, Sir John only wants the best for you. I wish you’d believe that.
  • [to Sir John] You may not accompany me to the Proclamation Ceremony... You may not attend the coronation.

King Leopold[edit]

  • Baron, I was born the younger son of a penniless duke. Now, I am king of the Belgians. Such journeys are not managed without hard decisions.
  • [to Albert] Now go to England and make her smile.

Lord Melbourne[edit]

  • [to Victoria] If you should ever need an ally, you have one in me.
  • [to Sir John] You have played the game and lost.
  • Queen Elizabeth never married. And it didnt spoil things for her.


  • Wellington: Families. Who'd be be with out them.
  • Stockmar: [to Leopold about Victoria] Let her enjoy her succession and the freedom it will bring... We must wait for disillusion and the loneliness that follows.
  • Ernest: [about Victoria] She has brought down a government over a handful of ladies.


[as they play chess]
Victoria: Do you ever feel like a chess piece yourself? In a game being played against your will.
Albert: Do you?
Victoria: Constantly. I see them leaning in and moving me around the board.
Albert: The Duchess and Sir John?
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.
Albert: Then you had better master the rules of the game until you play it better than they can.
Victoria: You don't recommend I find a husband to play it for me?
Albert: I should find one to play it with you, not for you.

Queen Adelaide: You'll have to decide on a husband soon. What about Leopold's candidate?
Victoria: I can't marry the man they want me to marry.
Queen Adelaide: Every suitor will come with strings attached.
Victoria: Can't I be my own mistress for a while, haven't I earned 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.
Victoria: He's already chosen the new household.

Albert: I'm going back to England.
Baron Stockmar: There must be a reason if you wish to visit Her Majesty.
Albert: Then find me a reason.

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.
Victoria: Well, 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.

Albert: I just got your note. I was riding.
Victoria: Sit, please.
Albert: The park is marvelous.
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.
Albert: And stay with you?
Victoria: And stay with me.
Albert: And marry you?
Victoria: And marry me!

Sir John Conroy: [about the crowd outside of the palace] How changeable they are. They hate you, they love you, they hate you.
Duchess of Kent: [about Victoria] They punished her. They never hated her.

Lord Melbourne: Your Highness, there's your opening if you'll take my advice...
Albert: Lord Melbourne, forgive me but you seem to have confused me with a member of your club. I am not your drinking companion nor your whist partner. I am the husband of your sovereign. And as such, I will make my own decisions, and I neither seek nor invite your advice. Good evening.

[Albert watches a full dinner service being set out.]
Albert: What is this for?
Servant: Your Royal Highness. The Red Room dinner service, sir. For the officers guarding the King.
Albert: [Confused] What king?
Servant: King George III, sir.
Albert: And how often do we provide this dinner for a king who has been dead for 20 years?
Servant: Every night, sir.

Victoria: [crying in his arms] I'm so sorry! I thought I was going to lose you!
Albert: I don't think he was a very good shot.
Victoria: Why did you do it? So stupid, why did you do it?
Albert: I had two very good reasons. First, I am replaceable and you are not.
Victoria: You are not replaceable to me!
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.


  • Love rules all.
  • Her country. Her heart. Her majesty.


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