Historic Royal Palaces

The charity has created a set of videos about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's love story to promote its new exhibition, Victoria Revealed

Victoria 4 Albert video
Victoria 4 Albert video

What is it? 

Five short videos were released over the course of a week on the charity's website, starting on Valentine’s Day. The films uses excerpts from Queen Victoria's personal diaries and Prince Albert’s letters to portray the royal lovers’ story from their births - which were three months apart and attended by the same midwife - to their wedding ceremony.

How are they portrayed?

The film combines stop-motion puppetry, drawn animation, shadow puppetry, cut-out/collage animation, specially composed music and sound effects: a narration is based on Queen Victoria’s own words. 

What does it include?

The films feature several of the pivotal moments in Queen Victoria’s life at Kensington Palace, including her birth, her unhappy childhood and her first meeting with Albert on the palace’s Stone Stairs.

Watch the first episode here:

 

The other episodes can be viewed on the Historic Royal Palaces website.

Who’s behind them?

The films were created and directed by filmmaker and animator Chiara Ambrosio, with narration by the actor Julia Rayner in collaboration with animators Veselina Dashinova and Fiammetta Horvat, composer James Hesford and sound artist Mark Peter Wright. 

Why now? 

The Victoria 4 Albert campaign has been launched in the run-up to the reopening of Kensington Palace on 26 March.

How are the films being promoted?

On the charity’s Twitter and Facebook pages. The films are also available to view on YouTube.

Third Sector verdict:

Spreading the videos across the week meant interest in the campaign was maintained over a number of days. With the use of puppetry, rather than the more popular cartoon animation of some other charity videos, the vintage style of the videos encapsulates the time-period of the love story.

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