New mother Victoria is impatient to return to the business of ruling a nation, while Albert attempts to protect her from the increasingly desperate news regarding British soldiers
Discontent is growing in the country, and Victoria throws a costume ball in a misguided attempt to help the silk weavers of Spitalfields.
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. She is adamant that her government should be doing more to help, but meets with surprising opposition.
Feeling suffocated by the weight of the crown, Victoria escapes with her court to the Scottish Highlands. She and Albert revel in the opportunity to be a normal husband and wife.
Victoria and Albert have to face their worst nightmare as parents, while Peel takes on the ultimate battle in Parliament.