A Princess for Christmas
|A Princess for Christmas|
|Directed by||Michael Damian|
|Produced by||Brad Krevoy|
|Written by||Janeen Damian
Leilah de Meza
|Music by||Mark Thomas|
A Princess for Christmas or, in the UK, A Christmas Princess (previously known as the Canadian title Christmas at Castlebury Hall and A Princess for Castlebury) is a comedy-drama film by Michael Damian. The film premiered December 3 2011.
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After the death of their parents, Jules Daly (Katie McGrath) becomes the legal guardian of her 7-year-old niece Maddie (Leilah de Meza) and teenage nephew Milo (Travis Turner), who are still suffering with the loss of their parents. While Jules is at work, the children repeatedly misbehave. Jules gets laid off of work and returns home to the enraged nanny quitting her job despite Jules' pleas.
Later that evening Milo reveals that he doesn't like Christmas because it reminds him of his parents. A stranger appears at Jules' home, claiming to be the butler of Sir Edward, the children's' wealthy grandfather, who wishes Milo and Maddie to spend the Christmas holidays with him in Europe. Jules initially refuses due to the fact that Sir Edward disowned his son for marrying her sister but later decides to go for the children's sake.
When they arrive, the children and Jules get settled in with the help of the staff. Jules quite literally runs into Ashton (Sam Heughan), the duke's younger son, and she introduces herself as they share an awkward moment when they realize that he is still holding her hand, a reaction from their near collision. There is some chemistry in the air, but Ashton abruptly excuses himself.
Jules and the children show up late for dinner, which seems to annoy Edward. As the dinner begins awkwardly things get worse as Milo asks where his grandfather has been all this time. Edward explains that he did not approve of their mother due to her lack of status, which makes Jules extremely uncomfortable. However the talk at the table turn to smoother subjects.
Later Ashton's girlfriend, Arabelle Marchand du Belmont states that she and Ashton should be engaged at anytime now. As Jules and Ashton enter the room a man goes up to her and introduces himself, and jokes about Ashton being proper to which Jules says he was "like a prince". The boys then laugh as the man states that Ashton is a prince, the title coming from his mother's side.
Later Ashton helps Jules decorate a Christmas tree and the two joke and enjoy each other's company before they are joined by the children. Edward angrily interrupts and demands that they take down the tree, however he is calmed down when Maddie shows him his favourite ornament. The family then all decorate the tree together, and Ashton notices Milo's sadness and offers to help. The next day, Ashton takes Milo out for an archery lesson and explains that it is a good way to get his anger out. Edward then awakes and with newfound Christmas spirit plans for a ball to be held on Christmas Eve.
Ashton is later talking to his father about the guest list. He then states that he has been helping Jules learn the waltz unaware that she is listening. His father then quickly changes the subject to how he does not wish to invite a girl due to her lack of title and crass behaviour and he fears she will ruin the ball. Ashton replies that they do not have to invite her but his father says it is too late, meanwhile Jules mistakenly believes that they are talking about her.
The next day the staff accidentally burns Jules' dress for the ball and she takes this as a sign that she should not go. The staff then decide to find her a new dress. However, Jules, feeling unwelcome, decides that she is going to go back to the US early and only tells the children. Despite their efforts to make her stay, she decides to leave and asks them not to tell anyone until she is gone, to which they agree. She then tells them that she is very proud of them and that she loves them. She then leaves to the train station as the guests start to arrive for the ball. Ashton at the ball asks where Jules is, but the children give nothing away. Mrs. Birch searches for Jules and discovers that she has left, then she and the other staff race after her to the train station. When they arrive they tell her to look at the dress, and it is revealed that they did not fix her old dress but all pitched in to buy her a new one from Vienna. She then agrees to return for the ball.
Meanwhile at the ball, Ashton asks to talk to Arabelle. He then asks her if she would be with him if he didn't have his title to which she says no. He then tells her that is exactly what he wanted to hear and breaks up with her. Jules then arrives at the ball. Ashton then approaches her as she is admiring an antique, she explains herself and tells him that she is trying not be an embarrassment. Confused, he asks her what she means to which she explains that she "knows" that they didn't want her there, much to Ashton's surprise and dismay. After Ashton clears things up, they begin to dance. Everyone within the room starts to whisper, and Arabelle's father approaches Edward telling him to "control his son". Arabelle also returns and sees them dancing. Arabelle approaches Edward and states that the kids and Jules are out of control, listing reasons. Jules defends herself and Ashton also supports her. Arabelle storms out with her parents after hearing this.
Ashton goes to his father to thank him, and his father tells him to "not let that girl go". Ashton then takes his advice and asks Jules to stay, to which she agrees. The family then proceed to go upstair where they catch "Santa" putting gifts under the Christmas tree. The kids go to the Christmas tree, at the door Edward laments, saying he wishes his son was here. Jules than states that he is, in the glowing of Milo's eyes and the twinkle in Maddie's smile and that her sister is there, too.
Later it is shown that Jules and Ashton got married with all of their friends from Castlebury there with them. At the end Jules calls Ashton her prince and he proceeds to call her his princess. She then laughs stating that it sounds like they are entitled to rule one day. To which Ashton responds that they are, she smiles and they kiss.
- Roger Moore as Edward Duke of Castlebury
- Katie McGrath as Jules Daly
- Sam Heughan as Ashton Prince of Castlebury
- Charlotte Salt as Lady Arabella Marchand du Belmont
- Leilah de Meza as Maddie Huntington
- Travis Turner as Milo Huntington
In August 2008, writer and director Michael Damian told OK Magazine that he was "working on a screenplay called Christmas At Castlebury Hall". The film was shot at Peleş Castle, Stirbei Castle, the Bragadiru Palace and at MediaPro Studios in Bucharest, Romania February and March 2011. The film's cinematographer is Viorel Sergovici.
On July 16, Michael Damian announced the film's new name: A Princess for Christmas.
MovieGuide Awards--A Princess for Christmas
|2011||Most Inspirational Television Acting||Grace Award: Sam Heughan||Nominated|
|2011||Most Inspirational Television Acting||Grace Award: Katie McGrath||Nominated|
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- "Awards for A Princess for Christmas (2011) (TV)". A Princess for Christmas. MovieGuide: Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 November 2012.