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Sarah, Duchess of York, Introduces Her New Film “The Young Victoria”

Jordan Wright
December 7, 2009

Sarah, The Duchess of York discusses her film, "The Young Victoria" at Neiman Marcus - photo by Jordan Wright

Sarah, The Duchess of York discusses her film, The Young Victoria at Neiman Marcus - photo by Jordan Wright

The strikingly disarming Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, familiar to us as ‘Fergie’, stood in a black and red wool suit at Neiman Marcus today and told the story of Queen Victoria and her great love, Prince Albert. She called it, “A contemporary love story in an historical setting.”

The rare and signed Clive Christian perfume 'No. 1' - photo by Jordan Wright

The rare and signed Clive Christian perfume 'No. 1' - photo by Jordan Wright

In her role as co-producer, along with seasoned filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Tim Headington and Graham King, the Duchess of York was the driving force in getting the film made. The film stars Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend and opens on December 18th.

The Duchess, whose own difficulties are long behind her, described the travails of Victoria before she became Queen of England, “Her mother was extremely strong-willed and kept her in her tummy,” she said, “withholding delivery throughout a six-week drive over unpaved roads, all the way to London, so that she that she could be born in England.

“Oh, I thought that was interesting!” she quipped. “In order to get the Regency from her uncle, the King, Victoria was kept in a gilded cage for 17 years. She never saw anybody, never talked to anybody and wasn’t allowed to read. The King was furious!” she said. She said the story had so touched her that she became committed to making the film which was started six years ago.

“At eighteen she took the throne as the youngest reigning sovereign ever. She and Albert had nine children in 25 years. A very passionate love story!”

I asked her about the costumes displayed around her, “Are they costumes from the film?”

Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria in "The Young Victoria" - photo by Jordan Wright

Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria - photo by Jordan Wright

“Yes they are and look at that tiny waist! They wore corsets. Albert wore corsets too!” she let on.

Victoria Christian and Sarah, The Duchess of York at the Neiman Marcus signing - photo by Jordan Wright

Victoria Christian and Sarah, The Duchess of York at the Neiman Marcus signing - photo by Jordan Wright

Accompanying the Duchess was Victoria Christian, there to introduce Clive Christian ‘No. 1’, described as one of “the rarest and most expensive scents ever created”, only 1,000 bottles are produced annually and retail for $2350.00.

Twenty-five years ago a young Victoria discovered an original bottle beneath the floorboards of their family’s Victorian manor home. Her father, Clive Christian, founder of the noted British Design House, was so inspired by its association with Queen Victoria, that he bought the 1800’s Perfumery to the Queen in 1999 in order to revive the line.

Later the pair sat together in the store while the Duchess graciously signed boxes of the perfume and posters of the upcoming film.

No gaffes were sighted and the Duchess appeared to have a splendid time among the excited photo-snapping shoppers.

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