The history books tell us that Queen Victoria was the ruler of the United Kingdom of Great Britain from 1837 to 1901. With this, we immediately conjure up all those images of a frumpy over-weight woman dressed in black; but the recent motion picture, The Young Victoria, presents a different view of this dynamic British monarch. The film begins in 1836, the year before Victoria ascended the throne, and ends in 1840. The movie chronicles Victoria’s early rise to power, focusing on the romantic courtship and her legendary marriage to Prince Albert. Learn about The Young Victoria movie in the Victorian era — Victorian dresses, fashions, food, customs, parties, even Christmas — here.