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THE YOUNG VICTORIA

The Crown
Victoria was crowned with the Imperial State Crown which is generally re-modeled for each monarch. Elizabeth II was crowned with the St. Edward's Crown, which was originally made for Charles II in 1661. 

For Elizabeth II they made a frame to fit inside the St. Edward's Crown but, as it was designed to sit on the head of a bewigged man it inevitably looked too big. After being crowned, Elizabeth decided to only use the Imperial State Crown going forward. It includes most of the stones from Victoria's crown although a few are in different places.

For Bruce the recreation of the moment Victoria is told she will be Queen was particularly moving. "The sense of realization that Emily demonstrates of her discovery that she will be Queen is very moving. It is beautifully portrayed. The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Chamberlain arrive at Kensington Palace to tell her that her uncle is dead and she will now be Queen, he falls on his knee and takes her hand and says ‘Your Majesty.' It's terribly touching and moving and full of the romance of the moment and so powerfully portrayed it sent a shudder through me when we filmed it." 

Having Julian Fellowes on set throughout the shoot was also extremely valuable. O'Sullivan says, "Julian and Alastair kept us pretty honest throughout. We couldn't fudge too many things and just say ‘well it's a movie,' because you'd look over in the corner and Julian or Alastair would give a shake of the head and that was it. Julian's presence was also a great comfort to the actors because they were playing real people, no matter that no one in the audience would have ever actually seen the characters they portrayed, the actors still wanted to be as true to the reality as possible. Julian is such a font of information and detail that everyone, especially Jean-Marc always felt very confident that we were being as truthful as possible."

HRH Princess Beatrice of York, daughter of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew and descendent of Queen Victoria spent a day on set filming, appearing as a Lady-in-Waiting in the scene of the Coronation of her great-great-great-great grandmother. Princess Beatrice, who is fifth in line for the throne, is the first member of the Royal Family to take a part in a film. "Sarah Ferguson and I discussed her being in the film from the get go," says King. "I thought it would be very sweet to have her in the film. My daughter appears alongside her and I thought it would be fun."

One of the great strengths of C.R.A.Z.Y was the use of music and Vallée didn't allow the fact that he was directing a period film to interfere with his choice of music for the film. "I used to be a D.J. and I like to create a structure for a film using music with the right rhythm and balance. I wanted to combine classical pieces with a rock spirit." To that end, when on-set he would often play Icelandic band Sigur Ros or even The Rolling Stones to create a mood before a scene. He also gave each actor a particular song to listen to as preparation for their role, including "The Best Is Yet To Come” by Frank Sinatra for Paul Bettany's Lord Melbourne, and the Cat Stevens classic "Trouble” for Emily Blunt's Victoria.

Says O'Sullivan, "Jean-Marc's ear for music is terrific. One of the things that drew us to him was his use of music in C.R.A.Z.Y. There are sequences in The Young Victoria that are connected and carried through by music so deftly that you forget you're watching a period film. There is a stretch early on that's about nine minutes long, all one piece of music, that covers numerous scenes and plot points—it's incredible because as we were prepping the film, Jean-Marc already had found this piece of classical music and was basically shooting with that in mind. The result is seamless. The combination of Jean-Marc's musical bent and Jill Bilcock's experience on films like Moulin Rouge! made for an am

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