Britannia may rule the waves, but her Queen displays caution when she confronts them in these exclusive pictures from the next series of ITV’s hit drama Victoria.
The monarch, played by Jenna Coleman, looks back hesitantly as she steps from her bathing machine, carefully holding on to the handrail as she immerses herself.
Finding she is not a natural swimmer, Victoria quips: ‘The Queen of England is not a fish.’
If Jenna appears to be approaching the sea gingerly, it’s not all acting. For although the scene is supposedly set on the Isle of Wight, it was actually shot on the chilly North East coast.
Writer Daisy Goodwin said: ‘It was absolutely freezing. Jenna was a trouper. There were children present, so everyone was watching their language.’
The third series of Victoria will air later this year, and Ms Goodwin is already working on a fourth.
Jenna Coleman, as Queen Victoria, gives a quick look to say ‘are you sure this is a good idea?’ before taking a few steps down into the sea off the north east coast
The historical drama series is set to return to ITV this spring for a third series comprising of eight episodes