Victoria: Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes star in new teaser clip released by ITV to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 198th birthday

The eagerly-anticipated second series will air this autumn, picking up six weeks after the first series ended with Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) giving birth.

The teaser clip shows Queen Victoria and Prince Albert – played by Tom Hughes – as they christen their daughter Victoria, so named after her mother.

Over the course of the eight episodes, viewers will see Victoria establish herself as both the monarch and a mother.

By contrast, her partner Prince Albert struggles to find where he fits in after she goes back to her royal duties.

Victoria: Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes star as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert [ITV]

ITV released the clip to coincide nicely with what would have been Queen Victoria’s 198th birthday on May 24.

The new trailer and publicity shot follow the announcement that critically acclaimed British actress Dame Diana Rigg will be joining the star-studded cast as the Queen’s new Mistress Of The Robes.

It has also been revealed that Line Of Duty star Martin Compston also stars in the Sunday night drama.

The Scottish actor will take a guest role in the programme as a social activist.

Victoria series 2: The popular period drama is returning for a second series [ITV]
Victoria series 2: The series will pick up six weeks after the first [ITV]

On its debut series in 2016, the historical drama pulled in a massive average of 7.7 million viewers and went on to become the highest rated drama of 2016.

Victoria also fared well across the pond having been broadcast earlier this year and proving more popular than Downton Abbey.

It drew an average of 6.3 million, which triumphed over the first series of the globally successful period drama.

There will also be a two hour Christmas special over the festive period.

Victoria season 2: Show creator Daisy Goodwin confirmed Jenna Coleman will be back earlier this year[ITV]
Victoria: Game of Thrones star Diana Rigg has joined the series 2 cast [Getty]

Earlier this month, fans caught a sneaky peek at the filming for the drama as the show’s official Twitter account tweeted shots from location.

Speaking then, writer Daisy Goodwin said: “She [Victoria] faces the very modern dilemma of how to juggle children with her husband and her job.

“As Victoria will discover, it’s hard to be a wife, a mother and ruler of the most powerful nation on earth.”

Victoria will return to ITV later this year.


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