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Edward the Seventh: The Invisible Queen (S1EP6 ITV 6 May 1975, John Gielgud)



The Invisible Queen: Bertie’s family continues to grow but Princess Alix is not strong and suffers from general ill health including a bout with rheumatic fever. Politics continues to cause a rift in the family with Princess Alix refusing to see or have anything to do with Bertie’s Prussian relations after the forced annexation of parts of Denmark. It all comes to a head when the King of Prussia asks to call on her. Queen Victoria continues to refuse all public engagements. Bertie finds himself in court as a witness in a divorce case involving a lady with whom he was acquainted.

The defeat of the French Empire in the Franco-Prussian War leads to a rise in Republicanism. Prime Minister Gladstone tries to have the Queen appoint Bertie as Viceroy to Ireland but she rejects the suggestion. Everyone expects the worst when Bertie contracts typhoid and approaches death on the 10th anniversary of his father dying from the same disease. Victoria and Bertie are critical of Prussia after the war with Denmark and the war with Austria. Victoria appreciates her consultations with Disraeli. She is pleased by the French withdrawal from Mexico but chagrined by the death of Emperor Maximilian.

Annette Crosbie (Queen Victoria), Timothy West (Prince of Wales), Helen Ryan (Princess Alexandra), Jane Lapotaire (Princess Dagmar), Michael Hordern (W. B. Gladstone), John Gielgud (Benjamin Disraeli), Deborah Makepeace (Helena), Rula Lenska, Guy Slater, Bruce Purchase, Kathleen Byron, Paul Greenhalgh, William Dysart, Bryan Coleman, Shirley Steedman, Ian Gelder, Rhoda Lewis, Geoffrey Wincott, Edgar Wreford, Ivor Roberts, Jonathan Adams, Anna Wing, Ludmila Nova, Samuel West, Joseph West, Heidi Elphick

Writer: John Gorrie / Director: John Gorrie

Airdate: 6 May 1975 on ITV

Series: Edward the Seventh Season 1 Episode 6

Show Info: Period drama serial. The life of the heir to Queen Victoria, especially his dalliances with Lillie Langtry and other women. Made by the ATV network for ITV.