It’s more than a month before Kensington Palace reopens with its salacious Victoria Revealed exhibition, but we could all be in for a treat if a romantic film from owners Historic Royal Palaces is anything to go by.
Animator Chiara Ambrosio has retold the courtship which led to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s smouldering relationship in a beautiful set of slightly eerie, folkloric shorts employing stop-motion puppetry, drawn animation, shadow puppets, collage animation and a specially made score by composer James Hesford and sound artist Mark Peter Wright.
There’s a touch of Jan Svankmajer about this series, which began on Valentine’s Day and will add a new episode every day until February 18, journeying from both monarchs’ births (three months apart, supervised by the same midwife) to their wedding ceremonies.
Julia Rayner – best known for her role as Regina in 2002 film The Pianist – voices a script drawing on excerpts from the Queen’s personal diaries and the Prince’s letters.
Dubbed “the greatest Royal love story”, it’s also the perfect introduction to the Palace where many of the most important moments in Victoria’s life took place.
- Visit www.victoria4albert.com to watch. Kensington Palace reopens on March 26 2012.