A woman who lives in a place, wears elegant and lovely gowns, has servants to attend to her every need may not sound like a hard life, but it was. In the movie, "The Young Victoria" the audience learns the palace that the Princess of Kent resides in isn't hers, that she has enemies who want her dead and must have a lady in waiting escort her down the stairs, and that her whole life is dictated to her by dominating mother, and bullying consort, Sir John Conroy.
Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent, and the Comptroller of the Duchess's household, hope that Victoria's uncle King William IV will soon die and her mother will be made Regent, since Victoria is under age. The Comptroller has great sway with the Duchess of Kent and knows should she come into power, he would reap the benefits.
The young Princess resents her mother and Sir John and rebels at them often. At one point, Victoria becomes very ill and her mother and Sir John Conroy try to force her to sign papers that would make him her secretary. Victoria stands her ground and refuses to give him more power over her.
Victoria's uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium, desires to secure good relations between their countries and trains his nephew, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld to win her heart.
Prince Albert is taught and quizzed on Victoria's interests, her likes, her dislikes, in every subject, to make her believe that she has found a match. Despite this plan, Victoria knows what Prince Albert is up to, and rather then ending the whole thing, they still become close and very fond of each other.
Soon after Victoria's 18th birthday, King William IV dies, and she becomes the Queen of England. Victoria wastes little time showing her independence, by getting Conroy out of her household and having her mother no longer in her bedroom.
Victoria and Albert soon marry and later have nine children together.