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Terminally Romantic

We have our not-so-Victorian knickers in something of a pleasant twist over The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt as the imperious Queen. What’s not to love about Emily’s spunky portrayal or the oh-so-amorous attentions of her Albert, picture-perfectly portrayed by heartthrob Rupert Friend? And as if that weren’t enough, the aging 58-year-old Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, is played by dashing Paul Bettany. If it seems over the top, romantically speaking, it’s not. Queen Victoria was quite a diarist and in her own hand confessed to her instant attraction to Albert. One suspects she may have simply exhausted her eager consort. She wore mourning black for him for decades … though there are rumors about a certain John Brown and we have seen portraits of the two together in Holland.

You can read more about the longest reigning British monarch and her lifelong love in the biographies by Lytton Strachey and Christopher Hibbert. We—the royal, HF We—prefer to watch the movie and sigh over the love scenes and wish it all went on and on and on and plunged us ever-deeper into the royal romance.