Victoria returns to her royal duties sooner than expected after the birth of her first child. She suspects her husband and prime minister are concealing news from her. Albert's family descend on the palace for the christening.
A month after the birth of her daughter, Victoria finds that the government has not been confiding in her with their business, and becomes irritated with Albert for helping them. Having been kept in her rooms to recover from giving birth, Victoria comes to learn that the British troops were slain in the Anglo-Afghan War, and she refuses Leopold's decision to organize a betrothal of the princess to another country's power for the purpose of politics. With the public angered by the defeat of their troops, Victoria makes her first public appearance after having given birth at the launch of HMS Trafalgar, while Albert goes to his brother, Ernest, for advice on how to fix the rift between him and Victoria. Miss Skerrett is promoted following the departure of Mrs. Jenkins, while Mr Francatelli, the previous chef for the queen, returns after having been persuaded, and the Duchess of Buccleuch is hired as the Queen's new Mistress of the Robes following the Duchess of Sutherland's resignation.