IN THE early 1840s, the UK’s celebrity magazine was the satirical Punch. And their Lindsay Lohan was a naive but feisty woman named Alexandrina Victoria.
“She was a total party animal; rebellious, vivacious, full of joie de vivre,” says Emily Blunt, chatting enthusiastically about her latest role as Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria. “She never stopped – riding horses all day, dancing until four o’clock in the morning. People today only think of her as the weeping widow, but she had a real zest for life.”
While the Victorian era is known for laced-up social attitudes, for rules and etiquette as uptight as a whale-bone corset, its tabloid columnists could be just as lethal as any Perez Hilton in their attacks on the monarch. [Read more…]