Arundel Castle is featured on the Small Screen

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A sumptuous film about the early life of Queen Victoria combines Hollywood and history. It also features one of the finest ancient castles in the world which is in Sussex. On Thursday evening (22 December), the acclaimed movie, The Young Victoria, will be screened on BBC2 at 9pm.
Co-produced by Martin Scorsese and his long time collaborator Graham King – the scene stealer is the 11th century Arundel Castle, the seat of The Dukes of Norfolk, in the heart of the English countryside.
Several scenes were shot in the stunning Sussex castle, which doubles as Windsor Castle in some of the key moments of the film. Graham King described Arundel as one of the “wondrous” places chosen for location shooting.
He said: “It adds so much to the film to shoot at these beautiful locations. To have access to these wondrous places is so important because it immediately transports you. Arundel Castle was a perfect fit for Windsor Castle.”
Arundel also has a close personal association with Queen Victoria as she and Prince Albert stayed there for three days in 1846 – and her journal of the visit was unearthed last year by a castle archivist. In it she documents her love of the place and its surrounding countryside.
Thousands of tourists a year share that view as Arundel Castle is now one of the most popular historic attractions in the UK, drawing a large number of visitors from America.
The film blows away the cobwebby image of the formidable 19th century monarch and focuses on her as a vibrant, intelligent young woman liberated from a stifling childhood by her accession to the throne at the age of 18.
Oscar winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes penned the script and the director is Jean-Marc Vallee. The cast members include Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria, Rupert Friend as Prince Albert, Paul Bettany as Lord Melbourne, Miranda Richardson as the Duchess of Kent and Jim Broadbent as King William. Co-producer Sarah Ferguson has a special place in her heart for the movie – her daughter Princess Beatrice takes a small non-speaking cameo role.
Arundel Castle and grounds are open to the public between April and October.
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