Lord Palmerston takes huge risks championing the case of Don Fernando, a British Jew unjustly arrested in Coburg-ruled Greece, but his gun boat diplomacy prevails. Duke of Wellington retires as commander in chief and agrees the post might be ideal for Albert. The prince consort initially refuses, concentrating his efforts on planning a world exhibition in London and the controversial, seemingly hopeless design of a temporary, fittingly modern palace in Hyde Park. Loveless Duke Charles of Monmouth has had it with adulterous wife Sophie's embarrassing disloyalty but can't touch her at court, so he pays Mr. Pence to spy on her and valet-lover Joseph, whom she neither fully trusts nor agrees to run away with. When son William visits home from 'public' boarding school, the duke has her committed to a lunatic asylum. Albert has Bertie examined by frenology quack Cole and miss-attributes Victoria's mistrust of greedy, jealous liar Feodora to her general pettiness, yet the sisters seem to ...
Did You Know?
Lord Palmerston said if you can not defeat an enemy by surprise or the use of force (i.e. gunboat diplomacy), and in doing so may damage an alliance one is trying to win back, then one should turn an enemy into an ally. See more
[discussing the proposed naval blockade of Athens
If force is... not an option with which to surprise your enemy... what other choice are there?
You're the Queen of England and you can't get rid of your enemy by force?
To do so would only damage the alliance I want back.
In that case it may help to turn the enemy into your ally.