After Peel airs his misgivings over wily French king Louis Philippe betrothing his son to Isabel, the Spanish infanta, fearing a Franco-Spanish alliance against Britain Victoria travels with her entourage to the French court to dissuade the king. She is frustrated by his refusal to discuss the reason for her visit and puzzled by the reluctance of Albert, to support her, until he admits to her Leopold's revelation and is reassured by her view that it changes nothing between them. As a result the pair form an entente cordiale whilst closet gay lovers Lord Alfred Paget and government aide Drummond enjoy a nude dip with Albert. However, on return to England , Victoria learns of the French king's duplicity though she does have a pleasant surprise for Albert.
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Did You Know?
Born in 1773, Louis Phillipe initially supported the French Revolution, but fled after his cousin, King Louis XVI, was beheaded. He lived in North America for several years, where he became friends with Victoria's father, who at the time was stationed in Canada. See more
The many many views of Victoria at her writing desk show her holding her writing pen in the way that was normal in the past, that is with the index finger aligned with the pen to guide it and the thumb and middle finger providing the support.
In this episode especially Jenna Coleman
is clearly jabbing at the writing paper in the non tutored style that resembles a monkey grip. This would have appeared barbaric to the real Victoria. See more
Sir Robert Peel
Our ambassador in Madrid writes that the French are, as he puts it, "sniffing around the young Spanish queen". The Duke of Montpensier was there last week and he presented her with a zebra.
What a curious present. I'm not sure I would have married you, Albert, if you'd given me such a thing. So inconvenient. And the poor beast. Coming all the way from Africa, it must find the climate most trying.