A Royal Christmas (2014) – Lacey Chabert Stars in Charming Seasonal Romance

November 22, 2014 6 Comments
Ever since The
Princess Diaries
(a childhood favorite), and if I’m being honest, probably before, I have been a fairy-tale movie kind of girl. Furthering that
feeling are cute, cozy television productions such as this. 

Life for Emily Taylor (Lacey Chabert) is perfect. She’s
working with her father at their generational family seamstress business, has
dreams and sketches that could lead to designing, and to bring it full circle
she is dating the greatest guy, Leo James (Stephen Hagan). Things couldn’t be
more perfect. After nearly a year of dating, Christmas is nearing and the two
of them are looking forward to their first holiday season together only Emily’s
idea of a quiet, traditional Christmas is shattered when Leo is forced to admit
to her that he isn’t just some British guy who came to the States to study, no
in fact he is the crown prince of the small kingdom of Cordinia and his mother,
Queen Isadora (Jane Seymour) is expecting his return for Christmas. Emily’s
Christmas is suddenly all about manners, ballrooms and meeting the impossible
standards of the queen. 

That is the gist of this latest Countdown to Christmas
premiere and of the ones I’ve seen during this 2014 season, I do believe this
one is my favorite to date. It’s sweet, romantic and airs on the side of
caution when it comes to clichés – particularly with the whole
breakup-ten-minutes-before-the-credits component. Is there still a separation?
Of course, but it’s not as the result of a fight – or worse perceived cheating
or lack of love. This alone is enough for me to completely gush over this, even
if there wasn’t countless other attributes, which let me clarify: there are.
Can we just run down a few now – castles, royalty, pretty gowns, and beautiful
snowy landscapes. That seems reasons enough to fall head over heels for this festive

Bringing this all together is the cast which is quite good.
I liked Lacey and Stephen together and in particular respected how their
characters were written. I never doubted that Emily knew that Stephen loved her
(which was partially a factor in her later decision) nor did I question that
Stephen loved Emily 100% wholeheartedly – in spite of a certain someone’s
attempts to turn his head. Then there is well-known actress, Jane Seymour who
adds some fun to the film and in particular her role. There are lots of cute
moments with Emily and the servants, something that brings to mind the film A Princess for Christmas (this one
mirrors that charmer in many ways) and of course, there’s an ending worthy of a
wide smile and satisfied sigh of happiness. 

(This post does contain affiliate links. Read the disclosure page for details.) You can buy A Royal Christmas on Amazon Video or on DVD.               

About Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

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amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

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  • SW November 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    This reminded me of A Princess for Christmas. :)


    • Rissi November 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      It is similar to that, SW. Very sweet and just fun; hope you enjoy if/when you see it. :)

  • Grace M November 23, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Lovely review, Rissi! I enjoyed "A Princess for Christmas," so I'll have to keep this one in mind. :-)

    • Rissi November 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks for reading, Grace – and I hope you enjoy this one. It's on DVD at WalMart tomorrow! :)

  • Maria November 23, 2014 at 4:42 am

    I absolutely love Princess Diaries, so this looks like it's up my alley. =)

    • Rissi November 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      You should enjoy this one then, Maria. :)

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