When the Royal Court, dressers, and ladies’ maids go on vacation, they’re expected to enjoy themselves, meet the locals, and take part in events and activities set in place to honor their visit. They’re not expected to lose the Queen and Prince Consort.
But the respite up north was precisely what Victoria and Albert needed to relax, repair their relationship, and more importantly, create the foundation for a lifelong love Queen Victoria had for Scotland. Without her fascination of the country, the purchase of Balmoral Castle for royal use may never have happened. And we wouldn’t have gotten an episode full of rich, green hills, fly fishing, reels, and staying overnight in a cottage.