Despite Leopold's assertion that it is Victoria's destiny to marry Albert she is cool towards her cousin, and more impressed by the new penny post system. However on a visit to Windsor she comes to realize that they have common interests and is grateful when he saves her injured dog - though she resents his passing his political opinions. As Melbourne announces his intention to resign Victoria finally proposes to Albert, declaring that theirs will be a marriage of inconvenience. Below stairs Miss Skerrett commits a crime to help her impoverished cousin but, thanks to the queen's generosity, is undetected.
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Viewing figures fell to 5,769,000 for this edition of the show, dropping Victoria back down to ninth in the ITV rankings for the period 5th - 11th September 2016. See more
Victoria proposed to Albert on 15th October 1839 and before this scene they dance a Gay Gordon which was easily recognizable as The Barren Rocks of Aden. This tune was composed in the mid 19th century when the 78th Seaforth Highlanders were stationed in Bombay so at least one or two decades after we see Victoria and Albert dancing to it. The British took Aden in January 1839 after the Sultan of Lahej reneged on his deal to sell Aden to the British. See more
[Penge leads two footmen into the bedroom at Windsor Castle where Princes Albert and Ernest are about to dress for dinner. The footmen are carrying jackets with copious amounts of gold braid on the front, for the princes to wear
For your Serene Highnesses, with the Queen's compliments.
The Windsor uniform, Your Highness, was designed by George III for members of the English court.
[Penge and the footmen leave
I wonder if King George designed it *before...