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‘I am bilious!’ gasps the Queen as she swiftly (but still elegantly, of course) exits a sedate musical performance. As more than a few people suspect, however, it’s not the music that has got Victoria feeling queasy – Her Majesty is with child! Albert is delighted, but will everyone else be as pleased by the news? There’s also the delicate issue of a regency to be addressed – if Victoria doesn’t make it through childbirth, who will rule?

Meanwhile Albert, fascinated by the industrialisation that’s set to transform the country, bonds with kindred spirit Sir Robert Peel over his railway. And downstairs at the palace, there’s romance afoot for Miss Skerrett and chef Francatelli… Goodness. The drama!