Victoria Recap: Her Majesty and Albert rekindle their romance at last as The Great Exhibition looms and Sophie’s affair is exposed
They’ve been at odds for weeks on everything from their son’s schooling to her scheming sister.
But after six episodes of arguments, tears and a baby or two, Victoria and Albert finally rekindled their romance on Sunday, as she firmly supported his vision for The Great Exhibition.
It came as Feodora’s secret plan was escalated by the arrival of her daughter Adelheid, while Duchess Sophie’s affair with footman Joseph was exposed, and Palmerston once again proved he could win over the public with his gravitas and charm.
Back on: After six episodes of arguments, tears and a baby or two, Victoria and Albert finally rekindled their romance on Sunday, as she firmly supported his vision for The Great Exhibition
After the haunting end of last week’s show, Victoria seemed to be in a far steelier mood, as Albert put plans in motion for a Great Exhibition to showcase the world’s manufacturing.
While the Prince struggled to find the right design for his vision – and battled with the growing public backlash – Her Majesty attempted to distract her husband by offering him the position of Commander-In-Chief.
Sadly Albert is not won over and immediately rejects the offer, but goes onto change his mind after criticism from the public and press becomes too much.
But after weeks of disagreements and marital drama, Victoria finally realises that she loves her husband for his creative ideas, and in an emotional rain-drenched scene confesses that she married a ‘dreamer, not a soldier.’
Impressive: Palmerston once again proved he could win over the public with his gravitas and charm
What’s hidden will come to light: Duchess Sophie’s affair with footman Joseph was exposed
Finally the couple seem to be back on the same page, as Mr Paxton the architect suggests they could build an enlarged greenhouse to hold the Exhibition – or the Crystal Palace as it became known.
Meanwhile Feodora steps up her scheme to land her daugher a spot in British high society, after Victoria brings Adelheid to England as a gesture of goodwill.
It remains to be seen whether Feo’s motives will be exposed in next week’s finale, and if it could prove a help or hindrance to Lord Palmerston.
A lot on her mind: Victoria seemed to be in a far steelier mood, as Albert put plans in motion for a Great Exhibition to showcase the world’s manufacturing
Smitten: Victoria finally realises that she loves her husband for his creative ideas, and in an emotional rain-drenched scene confesses that she married a ‘dreamer, not a soldier’
The Foreign Secretary dealt with some backlash of his own this week, after he decided to send a naval blockade to Athens in response to the mistreatment of diplomat Don Pacifico.
But ever the politician, Palmerston wins over the public and Parliament to his idea.
After finally cementing their affair last week, Duchess Sophie and Joseph continue their illicit relations, as the footman suggests they run away to start a new life in America.
Off they go: The Foreign Secretary dealt with some backlash of his own this week, after he decided to send a naval blockade to Athens in response to the mistreatment of diplomat Don Pacifico
He has a way with his words: But ever the politician, Palmerston wins over the public and Parliament to his idea
But their plans seem to be thwarted by her husband Duke, who is alerted to her relations by Mr Penge, who’s had it in for Joseph since his arrival.
The couple’s fate is left hanging in the balance by the episode’s end as The Duke has his wife imprisoned in the house on grounds of insanity, and also blocks her access to their son William.
As this third series comes to an end next week, it remains to be seen whether Sophie and Joseph will make it to the States, if the Great Exhibition will live up to its name, and how Lord Palmerston continue to climb the ladder of public and Parliament opinion.
Victoria concludes on Sunday 12th May at 9pm on ITV.
THE CRYSTAL PALACE: A TIMELINE
1851: The Crystal Palace is erected in Hyde Park, London, to house The Great Exhibition of 1851, a showcase of products from around the world, at a cost of £150,000 – or £13.1m in today’s money.
1854: Crystal Palace was rebuilt in an enlarged form on Penge Common, next to Sydenham Hill, an affluent south-east London suburb full of large villas
1866: A fire causes damage to the north transept.
1871: The world’s first cat show, organised by Harrison Weir, was held at The Crystal Palace
1890s: The popularity of Crystal Palace began to decline and the building was beginning to deteriorate into disrepair.
1909: Robert Baden-Powell first noticed the interest of girls in his Scouting movement while attending a Boy Scout meeting at Crystal Palace. This lead to the formation of Girl Guides and later, Girl Scouts.
1911: The Festival of Empire was held to mark the coronation of George V and Queen Mary. Following the festival, the burden of maintenance costs became too large and bankruptcy was declared.
1913: The Earl of Plymouth purchased Crystal Palace to save it from developers. It was later bought by a public subscription for the nation.
1914-1918: The building was used as a naval training establishment under the name of HMS Victory VI, or HMS Crystal Palace.
1918: Reopened as the first Imperial War Museum, but it was unpopular.
1920s: A board of trustees under Sir Henry Buckland set about restoring the building and making it profitable again.
October 1934: The Pageant of Labour, a musical celebration of the British Labour Movement, was held at Crystal Palace.
30 November 1936: Crystal Palace destroyed by fire. It was so great that the glow from the flames could be seen across eight counties. 89 fire engines and 400 firemen fought the blaze but were unable to bring the fire under control. 100,000 people came to Sydenham Hill to watch the blaze, including Winston Churchill, with the former prime minister dubbing it ‘the end of an age.’
1953 to 1973: An auto racing circuit operated at the site, supported by the Greater London Council, but the noise was unpopular with nearby residents.
Numerous proposals for the site have been put forward over the years, but none as yet have come to fruition.
These include plans by the London Development Agency (LDA) approved in 2010 for a £67.5m redevelopment, including new homes and a regional sports centre. But LDA withdrew from the project.
2008: A private consortium announced plans to rebuilt Crystal Palace to house galleries, a snow slope, a music auditorium, leisure facilities and a hotel.
2011: Crystal Palace Football Club proposed a 40,000 capacity stadium on the site of the athletics stadium and a new athletics track north of the National Sports Centre.
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