1837. Princess Victoria (Blunt) succeeds her uncle as monarch, but is caught up in a power struggle involving her mother (Richardson), her mother's mentor (Strong), Lord Melbourne (Paul Bettany) and Robert Peel (Michael Maloney). She is gently wooed by a German cousin, Prince Albert (Friend).
An elegant, entertaining, informative picture with a gallery of vivid supporting turns, this provisionally crowns the winning Blunt as a Brit-pic star - but it skimps a bit on the bodice-ripping, blood and thunder.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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