Time marches on in Victoria and within moments of the Queen and her new husband, Albert, settling into their marital bliss, it’s all change once again. Victoria flees a musical performance feeling “bilious” and it soon becomes clear – she’s pregnant with the heir to the throne.
Everyone is ecstatic except Victoria herself who can’t get the thought of Princess Charlotte (more about her here) out of her head – you remember, her tragic cousin who died in childbirth sparking the succession crisis that put our V on the throne.
What if Victoria herself dies in childbirth? It’s a question faced by parliament (sorry, no Lord M again – we’ll have to make do with Robert Peel this week) as they demand the queen to name her regent should the worst happen.
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Her choice is, of course, Albert, but will the country’s elderly statesmen support the decision? The queen’s husband spends much of this week distracted aboard a locomotive…
Meanwhile, in the belly of Buckingham Palace, the enigmatic Mr Francatelli continues his attempts to woo Miss Skerrett with delicious treats from his kitchen.
So, what time is it on?
Catch the penultimate episode of Victoria tonight at 9pm on ITV.