1846:- Potato blight brings widespread famine to largely Catholic Ireland and compassionate vicar Robert Traill, faced with apathy by a bigoted Protestant clergy, writes to Victoria for assistance. Deeply moved by his letter she is anxious to help and is shocked when Peel refuses, claiming that to show favouritism to the Irish would cause resentment at home, undermining his government. She invites Dr Traill to visit her to explain how the Irish church has contributed to his parishioners' plight, prompting her to again ask Peel to send relief - but it is too late for the typhus-stricken Dr Traill and a million of his countrymen. Ernest has his own health problems whilst Albert busies himself improving sanitation for London and Francatelli shows an act of great kindness to assistant dresser Miss Cleary to aid her family in Ireland.
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[All trivia items for this title are spoilers.
During the potato famine, Victoria is shown with her newly born daughter, Alice. Alice was born in 1843. So, she turned two the year famine began in 1845. See more
[Dr Traill has written a letter to the newspaper, imploring the government and the Church of Ireland to help the Irish peasants who are suffering in the potato famine. He is praying at the altar in church when the bishop bursts in, incandescent with rage
Have you lost your wits, Traill? Do you understand what you are saying? That we ought to feed a gaggle of potato-eating papists because they have broght this misfortune upon themselves through their own improvidence and fecklessness?