... It will not surprise you to hear
that she continues steadfast in her
refusal to accept any public
engagements, however trivial...
INT. OSBORNE HOUSE, QUEEN VICTORIA'S BEDCHAMBER - DAY
A bronze cast of Prince Albert's hand hangs above the Royal
bed. His sleeping-gown is laid out on one side.
A somberly dressed middle-aged man stands by the bed:
DOCTOR JENNER, the Queen's physician. He is placing
potions and medicaments in a row on the bedside table.
Behind him, TWO MAIDSERVANTS are busy stripping and
remaking the bed while another raises the window to air the
... Family and staff expend all their
efforts endeavouring to draw her out
of this state of unfettered morbidity,
but to no avail. Indeed, Doctor
Jenner will not undertake to vouchsafe
her sanity, unless some remedy is
INT. OSBORNE HOUSE, QUEEN VICTORIA'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY
VICTORIA is turning slowly around as a young ASSISTANT
DRESSER completes the fastening on her black crepe dress.
... We must hope, therefore, that this
Mr Brown will appeal to the Queen's
sentimental, though deeply-held, view
that all Highlanders are good for the
health. If she can at least be
persuaded to take the air, the
prospect of further recovery may seem
The assistant dresser pulls too tightly on her dress.
VICTORIA winces slightly.
EXT. THE SEA FRONT, ISLE OF WIGHT - DAY
We glide slowly past the coastline as a caption reads:
"ISLE OF WIGHT. 1864."
A DRIVER stands against the sea front with a horse and cart
bearing the Royal coat of arms.
John BROWN leads his pony along the dockside, towards the
waiting driver. He is in his late thirties, fit, handsome
and dressed in tartan kilt and short jacket.