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Prince Bertie continues his military training but he's taken to deceiving his superiors and sneaking off with his friends to the music halls. His parents continue their search to find Bertie a suitable wife. Their preference is for a German bride but eventually settle on Princess Alexandra of Denmark, known to her friends as Alix. A brief meeting is arranged for the two to meet but no final decision is made. Relations with his father deteriorate even further when the Prince Consort receives a confidential letter from a friend telling of Bertie's dalliance with a music hall singer. Bertie is clearly a disappointment to his father but the elder Prince Albert falls ill and dies of typhoid toward the end of 1861.

Deborah Grant was cast as Young Princess Alexandra due to her uncanny resemblance to Helen Ryan. Director John Gorrie had met Grant at a social function one week prior to casting her in the role.

The opening scene of Princess Alexandra of Denmark galloping across the screen is scored with music by Danish composer Franz Berwald - Danish music for a Danish girl.

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Crosbie Annette Crosbie - Queen Victoria
Robert Hardy Robert Hardy - Prince Albert
Felicity Kendal Felicity Kendal - Princess Vicky
André Morell André Morell - Lord Palmerston
Harry Andrews Harry Andrews - General Bruce
Charles Sturridge Charles Sturridge - Bertie
Deborah Grant Deborah Grant - Alix - Princess Alexandra of Denmark
Anthony Douse Anthony Douse - Prince Christian
Kathleen Byron Kathleen Byron - Princess Christian
Gwyneth Strong Gwyneth Strong - Minny
Shirley Steedman Shirley Steedman - Alice
Ian Gelder Ian Gelder - Affie
Deborah Makepeace Deborah Makepeace - Helena
Susan Macready Susan Macready - Wally Paget
Peter Penry-Jones Peter Penry-Jones - Augustus Paget
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