1923. A year has passed and Edith returned from Switzerland having secretly had her baby and given her up for adoption. The family and staff journey to London for debutante Lady Rose to be presented to the king. Martha Levinson and her son Harold also turn up and Mary meets both Anthony and Charles, who openly vie for her attention. Rose goes to a club with married friend Freda Dudley-Ward, from whom the cardsharp Sampson steals a love letter from the Prince of Wales. Mary and Charles endeavour to retrieve it in vain, though the escapade brings them closer. John is called upon to help obtain it. Mary is annoyed to learn from Anthony that the supposedly-republican Charles is himself an aristocrat's heir. Mrs Hughes and Mary discover that John was indeed in London on the day of Green's death. Martha attracts gold-digging admirer Lord Aysgarth but sees through him and turns down his proposal, though Harold, to his surprise, charms Aysgarth's daughter Madeleine and the Levinson valet ...
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Did You Know?
Rose meets HM King George V and his wife Queen Mary. In real life Lily James who plays Rose is dating actor Matt Smith who played George and Mary's grandson in law Prince Phillip on The Crown. See more
In the ball scene towards the end of the episode, we clearly see that only a string trio is playing, yet the soundtrack is obviously that of a lush, full string orchestra. See more
[Getting a bit annoyed that Carson keeps referring to him as "Mr. Levinson"
Mr. Carson: My employer is called Levinson. Not me.
In this house, you both are.
Downton Abbey The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London See more