New mother Victoria is impatient to return to ruling, while Albert attempts to protect her from the news regarding British soldiers in Afghanistan.
Discontent is growing in the country; an unexpected grief finally forces Victoria to put childish things away.
Victoria decides to try her hand at foreign relations, and takes the royal court on an adventure to France, stepping toe to toe with the cunning King of the French, Louis Philippe.
News of the horrific famine in Ireland has finally reached the queen.
Feeling suffocated by the weight of the crown, Victoria escapes with her court to the Scottish highlands.
Victoria and Albert have to face their worst nightmare as parents, while Peel takes on the ultimate battle in Parliament.
Albert is intent on re-creating the Christmastime joy he remembers from his youth.
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