Thursday, 31 May 2012

The King's Speech (2010)

The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly leads the country through war.


Enjoy! xx

Victoria and Albert (2001)

As the Diamond Jubilee is this weekend, I thought I would write a few posts on our past Kings and Queens. 

This is a lavish two-part dramatisation of the passionate love story that was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's lengthy marriage. Beginning in 1837, the year of King William IV's death and 18-year-old Victoria's ascension to the throne, the series charts the tumultuous period in 19th Century England where Victoria comes to terms with the enormous duties that lay ahead of her, while also falling deeply in love with her beloved Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The marriage and birth of their nine children are featured, as is Albert's frustration by the inactivity he experienced in the early years of his role as Prince Consort. The Queen's very different relationships with her first two Prime Minister's, the resentment the British government felt about a German interfering in matters of state and Albert's greatest achievement - The Great Exhibition of 1851 - are all intertwined in this remarkable love story which ended tragically in 1861 with Albert's early death from typhoid.

I love this mini series.  It is very romantic!  Enjoy! :) xx 

Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Young Victoria (2009)

The Young Victoria tells the story of Queen Victoria's early rise to power.  On the eve of her 18th birthday and succession to the English throne, young Princess Victoria is caught in a royal power struggle.  But it is her blooming love affair and marriage to Prince Albert that will determine the strength of her reign.  Can she dedicate her life to her country and her heart to the one man she truly loves?

Discover the passion and romance behind one of history's greatest love stories.







I really like the proposal, wedding and honeymoon scenes! :) The only part of the film that isn't historically accurate is that Prince Albert was never shot during an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria.  However, the prince did put his body before the queen as protection on one occasion, I believe. 

 I also love the costumes and Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend are both great as Victoria and Albert :) xx