1-It is only just finished and I shall be the very first sovereign to live there.
As I stepped out of the carriage,
for the first time in my life, I felt freedom.
– Splendid, is it not? – Y es!
You’ll have to decide on a husband soon.
What about Leopold’s candidate?
I can’t marry the man they want me to marry.
Every suitor will come with strings attached.
Can’t I be my own mistress for a while? Haven’t I earned it?
Dear Lord M, he’s so very kind. I couldn’t have asked for a better tutor.
You may dream of independence, but you won’t get it.
From now on, everyone will push you and pull you for their own advantage.
Melbourne more than the rest.
Just remember, you are the Queen, he’s a politician.
And politicians, whatever their creed, always resent a monarchy.
They pass through. You stay.
So just keep “dear Lord M” in his proper sphere.
He’s already chosen the new household.
About my ladies-in-waiting…
Yes, I’ll have a list brought over later. They’ve all accepted.
Only my aunt advised me not to be, well, too partisan in my choice.
With respect, Your Majesty,
I think I understand these things at least as well as the Queen Dowager.
I know that, of course.
And we want our friends around us, of course, surely,
as we begin our labours.
We don’t want to find Sir John Conroy sneaking his feet back under the table.
No. Not if we have to line up every friend we both possess.
Well, quite, ma’am. It’s very cold in here. Why haven’t they lit the fires?
It seems the fires are laid by the Lord Steward’s department,
but lit by the Lord Chamberlain’s,
and no one knows which footmen should do it. It’s not very sensible.
Well, if that’s the way things are done, I shouldn’t meddle.
We must improve where we can.
If I’ve discovered anything from touring England,
it’s the suffering that needs my help.
Never try to do good, Your Majesty.
It always leads to terrible scrapes.
Lord Melbourne, that is not what is preached from the pulpit.
No. That’s why I never go to church.
One always hears the most extraordinary things.
I’ve made no promise to him.
But sometimes I feel quite alone in the world.
Never while I’m here, Your Majesty.
Lord Melbourne is akin to a miracle.
He has proved to be most generous and sensitive,
quite wondrous in a politician,
someone I trust and hold dear.
He is the best company imaginable.
Sometimes we laugh so much, it’s as if we were naughty children.
Oh, Albert, I so look forward to the day when you can know and value him
as I do.
Yours affectionately, Victoria.
Plenty of praise for Lord Melbourne and not much of anything else.
– Everything comes to he who waits. – And if nothing comes, what then?
You’ve played with me, Baron.
And now it is enough. I’m going back to England.
There must be a reason if you wish to visit Her Majesty.
Then find me a reason.
Ich will diesen…
So, are you going to propose?
What? What am I supposed to think? You’re going to enjoy the weather?
I’m going to spend some time with her, that’s all.
Besides, I am forbidden.
It has to come from her, apparently.
So I could not propose, even if I wanted to.
And do you want to?
Walk on! Hup, hup!
Please hold still. I’m afraid I always find noses a challenge.
Am I permitted to talk?
Yes, but you can’t move.
There’s nothing to rival an English garden.
Of all my life in Kensington, it’s the only part I’ll miss.
But the gardens at Buckingham Palace, surely…
– You’re moving! – Oh.
Now you’re smiling.
Impossible! You’re worst than him!
I believe we have a duty to those in need of our protection.
It is the business of every sovereign
to champion the dispossessed, for no one else will.
Take housing. May I show you?
Industry is expanding so fast
that people are not considering where the workers will live.
But I’ve been experimenting. By building these in units of two,
you can build safe, clean homes for two families for less than the cost…
I’m sorry. I don’t mean to preach.
No, there’s no need to apologise for being passionate.
It seems I have a lot to learn.
With all my duties and…
– And I do take them very seriously. – I know you do.
But plenty of people will expect me to fail.
And there are even more trying to take advantage
of my youth and inexperience.
Then, they don’t know you like I do.
May I keep this?
So, remember, the first thing is to find an anchor point.
So, take your hand back to beneath your chin.
Good. This is where it will come every time.
Now, release the bow.
Your hand must cover the leather, like this.
And make a firm claw. One finger, two fingers.
– Claw. – Yes, and back to beneath the chin.
Bend this arm slightly. Rotate to catch the arrow.
Very good. Now, try with an arrow.
– Ah. He’s still here? – At my mother’s insistence.
Certainly not mine.
Where am I to live?
Am I to be abandoned here?
Or am I to beg along the highways for a crust?
Come now. You will move into the palace with the Queen.
But she’s arranged a separate apartment for you.
It will allow you both more privacy.
I… I don’t want privacy from my own child!
To exclude us will launch the new reign in a cloud of scandal.
I know your game, my lord.
You want to be her father, her mother, and who knows what else.
If I’m not to be her private secretary, then what?
I’m sorry. I can see that I am not speaking clearly.
You have played the game and lost.
The Prime Minister is here, Your Majesty.
Thank you, Duchess.
Have I thanked you properly for accepting the post?
It will involve a good deal of inconvenience.
To be Mistress of the Robes is a great honour.
I’m only anxious to prove worthy of it.
My Lord Melbourne thinks you’ll be perfect.
How is Albert’s visit going?
He writes Victoria is under Melbourne’s control. He’s frustrated.
Then he must stay in England
until the Queen thinks more of him than she does of Melbourne.
Queen Elizabeth never married.
It didn’t spoil things for her.
Are you familiar with the Coronation Chair and the ancient Stone of Scone?
Familiar, yes,… but quite in awe.
I’m terribly afraid of disappointing on a day I so want to do it perfectly.
Just be yourself. Your instincts are always to your credit.
I’m sorry. They’re preparing the Abbey for the ceremony.
I’m told they asked permission for a glimpse of Your Majesty.
– Don’t be sorry. – God bless, Your Majesty.
I do want to help them, whatever you say.
And not just the labouring poor, but the hungry and the homeless.
There are people who are lost. Whose business is it to see to their welfare?
Well, in my experience, it’s best to let these things develop naturally.
If you interfere, you risk overturning the cart.
Prince Albert doesn’t agree. He’s made a study of the working man’s condition.
He’s full to the brim with ideas for their improvement.
Is he indeed? How inspiring.
Well, good. He sounds like a young man
ready to take charge at the first opportunity.
Then, you had better master the rules of the game
until you play it better than they can.
Are you quite sure about that, ma’am?
Make your move.
You may not accompany me to the Proclamation Ceremony.
You may not attend the Coronation.
– You’re unprepared. – No experience! Too young!
Then, they don’t know you like I do.
Don’t look so surprised. The Queen has many different duties.
It’s heartening to see she won’t neglect them, even on Coronation Day.
– I don’t think Dash would allow it. – Try to get some rest before the ball.
I will. Since I firmly intend to dance until dawn.
Her Majesty the Queen.
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