1837, Victoria (Emily Blunt) is the object of a royal power struggle. Her uncle, King William (Jim Broadbent) is dying and Victoria is in line for the throne. Everyone is vying to win her favor. However Victoria is kept from the court by her overbearing mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), and her ambitious advisor, Conroy (Mark Strong). Victoria hates them both. Her only friend is her doting governess, Lehzen (Jeanette Hain), but she is smothering and over-protective. Victoria's handsome cousin, Albert (Rupert Friend) is invited to visit by her mother. He's also the nephew of her Uncle, King Leopold of Belgium (Thomas Kretschmann). It's obvious that Albert has been coached to win her hand. At first she's annoyed as she has no intention of being married. She never wants to be controlled again. However Albert is also tired of being manipulated by his relatives. Victoria and Albert talk openly and sincerely and become friends. When he returns home, she grants him permission to write her. Albert refuses because he knows she's not ready and he won't return to London until she invites him.
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