Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837 when she was only 18 years of age. Three years later she married Prince Albert. The two were very happily married until his death in 1861. While mourning her deceased husband Prince Albert, Queen Victoria withdrew public life and began an emotional and controversial romance with one of her servants, one Mr. John Brown.
The two had already known each other for some time since by this time Brown had been serving the royal family for several years. During her reclusive years, Brown is charged with caring for her. He does so with a very sincere care. Then he begins subtle romantic advances. At first she is hostile to these advances. Then she accepts them. Finally, she embraces his affection. His rise in her esteem naturally equates to his rise to power in the household. This alarms the queen's advisors, who quickly use every trick of their trade to stem his rise.