The Young Victoria tells the story of Queen Victoria's rise to power. It spans from her problems as an object of a power-struggle to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. It was written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes who sought to make the film as historically accurate as he could.

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Filming for The Young Victoria was at various historical landmarks in England in an attempt to heighten the film's authenticity. But various aspects of the film have been panned for historical inaccuracies, not least by the present queen herself.

The film was released by Momentum Pictures in the United Kingdom, where it appeared in cinemas in March 2009. The film was chosen for three Academy Awards, and won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Costume Design. The film also won an award for the Best Make-Up and Hair and Best Costume Design at the 63rd British Academy Film Awards.