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Edward the King

Season 1 Episode 8

The Royal Quadrille

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Aired Unknown May 20, 1975 on ITV
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The Royal Quadrille
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When he's not allowed to join the fighting in Egypt, the Prince of Wales turns his attention to the problems of the working classes in Britain. At the German court his sister notices the influence Bismark has on her son Wilhelm.

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      • Prince of Wales: A king should be seen by his subjects. If he's not seen, he becomes remote to them, unreal. Sasha, don't you feel that there could be greater safety for you in the love of your people than in the strength of your police force?

      • Gladstone: Mrs Langtry, may I offer you a word of advice? In your new profession you will receive attacks, personal and critical, just and unjust. Bear them, never reply and, above all, never rush into print to explain yourself.

      • Gladstone: We're all prisoners in one way or another, prisoners of the constitution.


        Prince of Wales: Yes, that's good. But tell me, Mr Gladstone, don't you ever feel like breaking out of the prison occasionally?

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      • Prince of Wales: It's not the play, my dear fellow, it's Lillie they come to see, eh, my dear?
        Mrs Langtry: I don't know if Squire Bancroft would agree with you, sir.

        Squire Bancroft (1841-1926) was a British actor and producer. The play about which the Prince is talking, was probably Mrs Langtry's debut, She Stoops to Conquer, performed at the Haymarket Theatre in 1881.

      • The title of this episode refers to a complicated dance. In the eighteenth century the term Stately Quadrille referred to the forming of fresh alliances with different partners in order to maintain the balance of power in Europe.

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