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Time Traveler: The Young Victoria and Victorian Architecture

I recently re-watched one of my very favorite films, The Young Victoria. I always enjoy a good historical movie, and this one is especially well done.

Emily Blunt does a fantastic job portraying a young Queen Victoria and the styling (of both sets and costumes) is superb.

At the age of eighteen in 1837, Victoria was awakened by the news that her Uncle William IV had died and that she was to be Queen. Her childhood bedroom in Kensington Palace epitomizes the look of Victorian interior style.

Her bedroom as recreated for the movie.

Victoria spent much of her life in Kensington Palace.

As an adult, Queen Victoria lived with her husband, Prince Albert, in the palace’s State Apartments. In 1848 Queen Victoria purchased Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since.

The royal couple hired British architect William Smith to remodel parts of the castle.

Victoria and Albert also spent time at Osborne Houseon the Isle of Wight, built for the couple in 1845. Prince Albert designed the house, along with architect Thomas Cubitt, to be a summer home and rural retreat in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo.

Victoria died at Osborne House in 1901. Her reign of 67 years is the longest of any British monarch and the longest in history of any female ruler. She left a significant impression on England and Europe.

While Victorian interior styles have passed their prime, elements of Victorian architecture are still very much appreciated. During Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901) in England, architects focused less on symmetry and more on defining the style.  In the United States between 1860-1900 archtectural styles of  Queen Anne, Second Empire and Shingle style fell under a larger umbrella of Victorian, as seen in the details of San Francisco row houses,

homes in Texas,

and Sandra Bullock’s home in New Orleans.

This restored Kentucky Victorian is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is for sale.

B&B anyone?
Photo Credits: IMDB (1-3) Historic Royal Places (4) IMDB (5) Historic Royal Places (6) Balmoral Castle (7,8) English Heritage Organization (9,10) Panoramio (11) Hub Pages (12) French Quarter Condo Tours (13) Historic Properties (14-16)

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