In 1846 Albert introduces the Christmas tree to court for the festivities and there are two other arrivals - Victoria's mother, invited by Albert, to his wife's displeasure, and Sarah. a little African girl, a gift from the king of Dahomey. Against Albert's advice Victoria tries to make Sarah feel less awkward at court but is forced to make a decision about her whilst a visit from the king of Prussia causes further discord. Ernest rebels against his father's plan to engage him to a wealthy German princess but has to keep a secret from the adoring duchess Harriet whilst Paget, still mourning Drummond, comes to an arrangement with the duchess of Buccleuth's niece Wilhelmina. Below stairs Penge's hope of making money from a railway scheme comes to nothing and Nancy finds an inheritance from a distant relation comes with a terrible price but finds consolation elsewhere.
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Sara Forbes Bonetta (1843-1880), birth name Aina, was a West African Egbado princess who was orphaned at age five due to intertribal warfare. She was captured and intended to be a human sacrifice, but was rescued by Captain Forbes of the Royal Navy. Queen Victoria called her Sally, and raised her as a goddaughter. See more
When Queen Victoria is running outside in the snow looking for Sarah, snow is falling but there is no snow on her clothes at all. See more
[the Duke of Coburg is lying on his bed in a darkened room; Leopold knocks on door
Duke of Coburg
Go away. I am asleep.
Then I will talk to you in your dreams.
Duke of Coburg
I believe that is called a nightmare.
The Holly and the Ivy
Performed by Jenna Coleman
[Victoria sings at the piano] See more