Season three of the royal drama Victoria may have already aired in the U.S.
, but it won’t drop in the U.K.
until this Sunday.
In honor of the premiere of new episodes, the cast recreated Franz Winterhalter’s iconic 1846 painting of the royal family.
The portrait depicts Victoria as both the monarch and a mother, a theme which resonates through the show‘s third season.
According to the Royal Collection Trust, “The scene is one of domestic harmony, peace and happiness, albeit with many allusions to royal status: grandeur in the form of jewels and furniture, tradition (through the Order of the Garter) and the continuation of the royal lineage.
” Notably, the Prince of Wales stands alongside his mother. Several of Victoria‘s other children: Prince Alfred, Princess Victoria, Princess Alice, and Princess Helena are also pictured.
Per the RCT, Queen Victoria considered it “one of her three favourite portraits of the Prince.” The work now resides in the East Gallery of Buckingham Palace.
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While the recreation is quite striking, it isn’t exact.
For example, the thrones of the fictionalized Victoria and Albert are a bit more grand than the actual portrait, and the clothing of the children has been adjusted as well.
But perhaps it serves as a fitting metaphor for how the series tells a version of the Queen’s life, with some details changed for dramatic effect.
Victoria will premiere on ITV on Sunday, March 24 at 9 p.m.
If you’re in the States, all eight episodes of season three are currently available to watch on Amazon Prime, at the link below:
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