In 1846 Albert introduces the Christmas tree to court for the festivities and there are two other arrivals - Victoria's mother, invited by Albert, to his wife's displeasure, and Sarah. a little African girl, a gift from the king of Dahomey. Against Albert's advice Victoria tries to make Sarah feel less awkward at court but is forced to make a decision about her whilst a visit from the king of Prussia causes further discord. Ernest rebels against his father's plan to engage him to a wealthy German princess but has to keep a secret from the adoring duchess Harriet whilst Paget, still mourning Drummond, comes to an arrangement with the duchess of Buccleuth's niece Wilhelmina. Below stairs Penge's hope of making money from a railway scheme comes to nothing and Nancy finds an inheritance from a distant relation comes with a terrible price but finds consolation elsewhere.
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Did You Know?
The rather daring portrait of Victoria commissioned by her and revealed in this episode "Comfort and Joy" was an actual painting. The portrait painted in 1843 by the artist Winterhalter was however not a Christmas present for Albert but a present for his 24th birthday. Queen Victoria called it her "secret picture" since it was so risque for that time for a royalty to be painted with her hair down and a bared neck. Prince Albert considered it his favorite picture of Victoria and kept it in his private writing room in Windsor Castle to his dying day. The painting itself was actually considered so racy that it was not revealed to the public until 1977 - more than 130 years after it was painted. You can see the original painting at the website for the Royal Collection Trust, if you search for Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Queen Victoria painting signed and dated 1843. (RCIN 406010) See more
[the Duke of Coburg is lying on his bed in a darkened room; Leopold knocks on door
Duke of Coburg
Go away. I am asleep.
Then I will talk to you in your dreams.
Duke of Coburg
I believe that is called a nightmare.
Written by Ernst Anschütz
Performed by Tom Hughes See more