Peel faces opposition to the repeal of the Corn Laws and his desire for free international trade though he is supported by Albert, whose presence in parliament results in his being mocked. Already unsettled by Leopold's unannounced arrival at court Albert also feels undermined by Baroness Lehzen's ideas of child-care, leading to an ultimatum. Peel's bill is passed at a cost to Drummond, Peel consequently resigning, whilst Ernest defies Leopold in his choice of bride and romance blossoms between Nancy Skerrett and Francatelli.
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Did You Know?
It is a longstanding myth that being cold makes one sick, when actually, being sealed away indoors during the colder months only allows germs to spread more easily. Lehzen and Victoria were correct in believing that the fresh air in the nursery would benefit the children, though Albert would certainly not have been alone in believing the opposite. See more
The assassination attempt on Robert Peel was in 1843, three years before the Corn Laws were repealed in 1846, not on the day after as depicted. See more
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