Victoria's uncle, Belgian king Leopold, arrives at court, urging her to marry her German cousin Albert whilst the Russian Grand Duke puts himself up as a suitor and Cumberland pushes his son George into the arena, prompting below stairs speculation as to which one will become Regent. When Leopold accuses her of being in love with Melbourne she puts him in his place by declaring that she has no intention to be married but is clearly disappointed when Melbourne points out to her that they could never be together and she agrees to meet Albert, though she is initially unimpressed by him. She also starts to show some skill at politics, getting rid of Conroy with a promotion in Ireland and showing mercy to the Chartists, the radical group demanding universal suffrage who include Mrs Jenkins' nephew.
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While the relationship between Queen Victoria and Lord Melbourne was strong enough to encourage speculation that they might marry, most scholars describe their feelings for each other as more akin to a surrogate father and daughter, or at most a school girl crush on Victoria's part. See more
In the opera-house sequence, the characters watch the soprano sing the mad scene from the opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" and then one of them says he's leaving before the second act begins. The "Lucia" mad scene occurs during the opera's third and final act. See more
Piano Sonata No.1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No.1: IV. Prestissimo
Performed by ALFRED BRENDEL See more