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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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"The Queen of Spain's Beard" - the best yet!
31 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"In 24 hours I'll be married to a walrus!"

"The Queen of Spain's Beard" is perhaps the funniest Blackadder Series 1 episode yet, but is bettered by Witchsmeller Pursuivant and The Black Seal. The humour is more funny this time - the Spanish translator's role was probably one of the funniest in the whole episode. Baldrick's intelligence was once again a main point in the episode (Balders actually kills someone after 20 minutes of the episode - when a certain cunning plan is put into action), and the hideous Edmund is back at his best. His best line in this episode is when he says sarcastically to Baldrick: "Little boy with big job to do!"

"The Queen of Spain's Beard" misses out on a 10 due to the slightly poor ending, but you can't have everything, and it is only a comedy. It is funny, well done, well acted, and with better deliveries of humorous lines from all the characters. I therefore give it a 9, and recommend it strongly.

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