It was the big wedding on Victoria this week but xenophobia was making things a little difficult for Prince Albert in the run up.
After Victoria asked Albert to marry her, politics took over.
“How can we have a German running the country?” the parliament asked. On top of that he might even be Catholic, they suggested. It made some wonder whether this was a period drama at all.
But viewers thought the politicians had good reason to be suspicious – after all, Prince Albert was asking for a salary and title. Shouldn’t he be happy with a Queen? What were his real motives?
For many, though, this came secondary.
Wait, aren’t we all forgetting Lord Melbourne?!
In the previous episode of Victoria Lord M had offered Victoria a grand gesture in a bid to win her love, but almost immediately it became apparent that despite the closeness between them, Lord M and Victoria, or Vicbourne as they’ve come to be known, would not be a thing.
Especially after she told him what she’d asked Albert.
It reminded everyone that real life is definitely not Hollywood.
But, despite being pressured by his brother into gaining some “experience” with another woman ahead of his marriage, Albert decided not to, instead taking notes from the prostitute his brother had offered him…
This went down a treat.
Love #Victoria but I'm cracking up over Albert turning down Gretchen and asking for her to 'instruct' him. Pen and pencil at the ready.— Jo-Anne Rowney (@JoAnne_Rowney) September 18, 2016
Prince Albert taking notes on how to please his #victoria love it!— DameAndre (@DameKachuba) September 18, 2016
I'm crying Albert "can I take notes" she's a prostitute not a schoolteacher oh my god #Victoria— Kira 🍂 (@Kira_Danielle98) September 18, 2016
Albert is SO CUTE #Victoria— Scarlett 👩🏻🦰 (@ScarletteDrake) September 18, 2016
And given this gesture from Albert, and him showing another side of his character, it made things a little bit complicated for some people, given the impression Lord M has made over previous weeks.
Ok now I am slightly in love with Albert as well as Lord Melbourne! #Victoria— 𝒟𝒶𝓃𝓃𝒾 (@Dannikatexxx) September 18, 2016
Oh, Albert. You've won me over. STILL MELBOURNE THOUGH. #Victoria— Jade Azim (@JadeFrancesAzim) September 18, 2016
Lord M, it seemed, would remain the people’s prince.
Albert may have been busy preparing for a lifetime with Victoria (sorry to ruin it for you, but this is based on real events after all), Lord M had all the best lines.
I am loving Lord M in this episode. At least he's getting all the good lines, if not the girl #Victoria— Becky Simpson (@Beckssim) September 18, 2016
It won him yet more plaudits.
Life goal: be as sassy as Lord M #Victoria— 𝒻𝑒𝒹𝑒 ◟̽◞̽ (@Liberty_Fe) September 18, 2016
After a brief return to Germany, Albert returned and was as sulky as ever. And why does he always whisper?
Oh Albert, what are you doing? #Victoria— Charlie Ashby (@CMWAshby) September 18, 2016
In all honesty the wedding scene was over very quickly, but viewers thought it wasn’t over quick enough for Albert.
Prince Albert, you could at least smile mate #Victoria— Sam Ellis (@SamCEllis) September 18, 2016
Am I allowed to say Albert seems a bit of a miserable git, or is there still a slim chance of being beheaded? #Victoria— Mark Brewer (@DugoutDons) September 18, 2016
Somehow some people still managed to be shocked about events, despite all of this happening more nearly 180 years ago…
Nobody tell him they’re cousins…
As the wedding came to a close, with Albert imploring his uncle to give up his “actresses” so that Victoria would have more money with which to give him an allowance, the most upsetting moment of the night came.
Lord M and Victoria bid farewell to each other.
No, that wasn’t a kiss on the lips! Lord M asked for a kiss from the bride, and turned and departed. It was too much.
Lord M's heart break into pieces it cant be hidden I can hear it 💔😔— Winter Ice (@winter_ice_2013) September 18, 2016
There were suggestions for a new role he could play in her life.
MAKE LORD M VICTORIA'S MISTRESS #Victoria— Jade Azim (@JadeFrancesAzim) September 18, 2016
And some couldn’t let it go.
But while it was obvious how sad Lord M was to be leaving Victoria, as he was no longer needed to help her rule, the Queen herself hardly seemed aware of it.
In fact, there were other things on her mind…
Quick read of the notes first Albert. #Victoria— Denise (@MamaDee71) September 18, 2016
And then they totally did it a lot. The end. #Victoria— gfrancie (@gfrancie) September 18, 2016
The next episode looks as if it will transport us 20 years into the future after Victoria and Albert have spent some serious time together.
Will they still be so loved up? Will we ever see Lord M again? It’s all too much!