Victoria 4 Albert animations

Victoria 4 Albert animations

Victoria 4 Albert - promo image for animations released at from Valentine's Day 2012

14 Febuary 2012

Historic Royal Palaces invite the public to follow Queen Victoria and Albert’s era-defining romance in five short daily episodes, released online starting on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2012.

Victoria 4 Albert: the great royal love story – as never seen before…

  • Stunning animated short-films by Chiara Ambrosio, tells the story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s era-defining romance
  • Voiceover by Julia Rayner (The Pianist, Extras)
  • Released online in five daily episodes starting from Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2012 at:

Independent charity Historic Royal Palaces is kick-starting the countdown to the re-opening of Kensington Palace, and major new exhibition Victoria Revealed, on 26 March 2012 by telling the greatest royal love story - as never seen before.

Everyone is invited to share the trials and tribulations of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s era-defining romance in five short daily episodes, released online starting on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2012. The film will portray the royal lovers’ story - from their births three months apart (to the same midwife!) to their wedding ceremony – using excerpts from Queen Victoria's personal diaries and Albert’s letters.

Commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces, the films have been created and directed by acclaimed filmmaker and animator Chiara Ambrosio with voiceover by Julia Rayner (The Pianist, Extras) in collaboration with animators Veselina Dashinova, Fiammetta Horvat, composer James Hesford and sound artist Mark Peter Wright.

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

In using Queen Victoria’s remarkably candid personal journals to tell the story, the animation reflects the approach taken in the exhibition Victoria Revealed: new permanent displays opening at Kensington Palace on 26 March 2012. It also features several of the pivotal moments in her life that took place at Kensington Palace, including her birth, her unhappy childhood under the so-called ‘Kensington System’, and her first meeting with Albert on the palace’s Stone Stairs.

Available media:

• The FREE online videos can be watched at
• Range of stills images for print and online
• Films available for broadcast or online use (royalty free)
• Director Chiara Ambrosio available for interview

For more information about this film, any of the above media, or any further requests, please contact Tim Powell in the Historic Royal Palaces new media team on 07812 241 572 or at

Notes to editors


Transformation of Kensington Palace

Victoria Revealed is part of Historic Royal Palaces’ £12 million major re-presentation project to transform the visitor experience of Kensington Palace in time for Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. The re-opening of the palace on 26 March 2012 will also include an exciting new presentation of the magnificent State Apartments, an elegant installation of dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, and improved visitor facilities including new public gardens, café, shop, Clore Learning Centre and level access to all floors for the very first time.

About Chiara Ambrosio

Chiara is a visual artist working with video and animation. Born in Rome in 1980, she moved to London in 1999, where she gained a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Film and Theatre studies from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. As part of her MA research, she spent five months in Prague where she studied puppetry and direction with Petr Matasek at DAMU.

Her work is an exploration into ideas of memory, loss and illusion through the use of animation, photography and video installation, deeply rooted in the surreal, absurdist world of Czech and Eastern European animation and literature.

As a freelance music video/documentary director and commercial photographer, past projects have included press photography for Patrick Wolf and The Scanners, music video commissions for Transgressive Records, Dim-mak Records, Southern Fried Records and Saatchi & Saatchi. She has also directed documentaries for Kensington Palace, Bexley Arts Council and Rose Bruford College, London.

Chiara frequently collaborates with sound designer/musician Mark Peter Wright (aka Hands of Sand), cinematographer Michal Rulka, and has an ongoing collaboration with composer Michael Nyman.

Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

We receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.
These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

We believe in four principles.  Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world.  Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work.     

Registered charity number 1068852


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