1-Mr Speaker, what frightens me
is to see the Crown used as a shuttlecock
in the game of politics!
Which, apparently, Lord Melbourne plays better than you!
Queen flouts Prime Minister! Threat to bring down Tory government!
– Order! – Constitutional crisis!
You should be ashamed of yourself, sir.
If the Queen has been foolish, she can plead youth.
You are old enough to know better.
What troubles you is that Lord Melbourne is Prime Minister again.
I do hate a bad loser.
We are all losers in this, sir. Most especially the Queen.
You have to understand you reign
by right of Parliament. Work with the voters’ choice.
– Lord Melbourne says… – He says what suits his interest.
He has used you to punish his enemies
without a thought for the damage to the Crown.
The Queen is in the clutches of Melbourne, the great seducer!
And when he is silent, who does she listen to?
– Her German mother. – I’m glad he thinks I listen to Mama.
You are confusing stubbornness with strength, my dear.
And I warn you, the people will not like you for it.
She’s brought down a government over her ladies?
– Apparently. – Then she’s a fool.
No, she is not a fool. But she has listened to a fool.
Then she had better change her advisor.
Or things will get worse before they get better.
Open the door.
“Not all the water in the rough, rude sea
can wash the balm off from an anointed king. ”
“The breath of worldly men
cannot depose the deputy elected by the Lord. ”
“For every man… ”
Sir John, what are you doing here?
– I must speak to the Queen. – You know that’s impossible.
“Welcome, my lord. How far off lies your power?”
An armed man has been found in the gardens.
– What?! – He said he wished to harm the Queen.
“.. discomfort guides my tongue and bids me speak of nothing but… ”
They think I have interfered in matters that do not concern me.
It’ll pass, ma’am, you’ll see.
My dear Victoria, while these days may feel endless,
please do not lose faith in yourself or your people.
We are all allowed to make mistakes,
most especially when we have looked to others for guidance.
The storm still rages outside the palace walls.
I wonder now if everyone was right.
Perhaps I am too young and inexperienced for my position.
Open your mind, examine your choices,
and your honesty will take you through the storm.
I promise that you can do this work and do it well.
You have courage and heart
and you said yourself you’re stronger than you look.
A letter from your mother.
My dearest child.
You will not let me come to you,
and that I may deserve,
but however you resent me,
however I have failed, I am still and always your mother.
What troubles you, troubles me.
What pleases you, pleases me.
I love you.
And my only prayer is that one day you will understand how much.
Goodnight, mein Liebling. Your own Mama.
My dearest Albert.
You asked me once if you could be of help to me,
and I so proud and confident of my great powers replied, “Not yet”.
But since that day so much has changed.
I’m not forgiven yet.
Not yet, but soon.
Just wait for unseasonal weather or the news of some elopement,
and it’ll all be forgotten.
You don’t have a very high opinion of ordinary people,
do you, Lord Melbourne?
With respect, I have lived longer than Your Majesty.
I said once I didn’t understand
whose task it was to see to the public welfare.
Ma’am, in my lifetime, I have seen with my own eyes,
what happens when the rabble is empowered.
I want a report on living conditions, on parish benefits,
housing, all of it. And by the end of the month.
And one more thing,… I have invited Prince Albert for another visit.
Very good, Your Majesty.
When you get there, don’t be a spy or Uncle Leopold’s puppet.
It’s your life, Albert. Live it.
For yourself and for Victoria.
Our uncle wouldn’t thank you for that.
I don’t care.
– I should have worn the red. – You look beautiful, Your Majesty.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Your Majesty.
I only just got your note.
I was riding.
– The park is marvellous. – I’m so pleased you like it.
I do want you to feel quite at home.
I’m sure you’re aware why I wished you to come here.
Because it would make me happier than anything,…
.. too happy, really, if you would agree to what I wish.
– And stay with you? – And stay with me.
– And marry you? – And marry me.
Wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife?
T o live together after God’s ordinance,
– in the holiest state of matrimony? – I will.
Now I am quite married.
– You know when we’re old… – Hmm.
.. and surrounded by our children,…
.. we will remember this as the day our lives began.
Not too surrounded, please.
And not too soon.
Oh? I should warn you that I am expecting a very large family.
– Good morning, wife. – Good morning.
Have you woken Her Majesty?
– No, ma’am. – Don’t you think you should?
No, ma’am. Not this morning, I don’t.
Let’s take a little tour and visit Scotland.
I hear if any part of Britain is like Germany, it’s the Scottish Highlands.
– Yes, we must one day. – No. Straight away. Now.
– Now? – Only for a few weeks.
You’re a bride. They can’t expect you back before that.
Dearest, I may be a bride but I’m also a queen.
I cannot be away for more than three days at the most.
What are you doing?
Well, if we’ve only got three days…
So tell me, will the weather be this fine for all of the three days?
Albert, where are you going?
– Seriously, is it always like this? – Yes!
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