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The Queen of Spain's Beard 

To dominate Northern Europe, King Richard arranges a marriage between his son Edmund and the Spanish Infanta.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert East ...
Harry, Prince of Wales
Jane Freeman ...
Mrs. Applebottom
John Rapley ...
Rev. Lloyd
Howard Lew Lewis ...
Stephen Tate ...
Lord Chiswick
Kenn Wells ...
1st Messenger
Richard Mitchley ...
2nd Messenger
David Nunn ...
3rd Messenger / 4th Messenger


King Richard of England is planning to safely move his army into the Northern parts of Europe. However, he wishes to be greeted with allies upon his arrival, so he decides to marry his son, Harry, to the Spanish Infanta to form an alliance between England and Spain. After learning that Harry is already engaged to 9 other princesses (and one prince) from previous similar plans Richard had, he decides to marry his other son, Edmund to the Infanta. Edmund is quite excited, thinking her to be one of the most ravishing and beautiful woman in Europe. When he discovers she is quite the opposite, he tries to call off the marriage with the help of Baldrick and Percy. Written by Gafaddict

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Confusingly, this 4th episode has the on-screen episode title graphic stating "2. The Queen of Spain's Beard", obviously as it was originally intended as episode 2. Officially, the reason for the swapping the original broadcast order of episode 2 & 4 was that "The Queen of Spain's Beard" was not ready. It's more likely however, that they were actually swapped as a simple artistic choice as episode 4 makes a stronger second episode for a brand new series. Some series 1 compilations return these 2 episodes to their originally intended position in the run, not the original broadcast order. See more »


King Richard IV: [clapping his hands] Where is she? Where is she? Where is Princess Leia?
[Edmund eyes the four beautiful ladies in the room and waits patiently. Princess Leia enters]
King Richard IV: Ah, good. Good!
[to Edmund, who is surprised to see that Princess Leia is a child]
King Richard IV: Husband, meet your new wife.
Princess Leia of Hungary: [very pleased] Hello Edmund.
Prince Edmund: [looking displeased] Hello.
Princess Leia of Hungary: [suddenly looking displeased] Are we getting married now?
Prince Edmund: [slightly happier] Yes. Yes, I believe we are.
Princess Leia of Hungary: Come on then.
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Nada del otro mundo.
24 December 2009 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

In order to form an alliance in Europe, Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) is to be married off to the Spanish infanta; but when she turns out to be a less than attractive proposition (ie., fat with a moustache), Edmund and his cronies, Baldrick (Tony Robinson) and Lord Percy (Tim McInnerny), cook up some cunning plans to avoid the forthcoming nuptials.

Set in the year 1492, The Queen of Spain's Beard is the fourth episode of the first series chronologically, but was originally shown as episode 2, and proves to be something of a disappointment when viewed immediately after the excellent opening episode: the script is still rather salacious, but relies more on pure silliness than on clever writing, and there is none of the grisly violence that made part one so much fun. Instead, we get racial stereotypes, gay jokes, and fat jokes, all of which are fine by me (political correctness be damned), but which just aren't all that funny considering the talent involved.

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