Juliana surrounds herself with a group of confidants and fosters increasing political ambitions. She wants her power as queen and fights the struggle with Bernhard's Bilderberg conferences. This not only causes frustration for Bernhard but also in government. When Juliana also accuses Bernhard of embezzlement and calls for a divorce, it becomes personal political. Bernhard tells the papers about Juliana and Greet Hofmans, to enforce interference from the government.
'Der Spiegel' publishes the first story about the marriage and the destabilized political consequences. Then the committee Beel is established to restrain the crisis. The committee decides in favor of Bernhard who says the problems would be solved with the departure of the "Group Hofmans" from the palace. The Hofman clique leaves indeed, and seems to restore the peace. But Juliana gets entangled in a web of intrigue and accusations.
During the crisis Juliana is driven by her anger towards Bernhard, the husband is not who she wants. Her urge to turn against him, takes extreme forms, making them lose sight of being mother and that she should be queen. Only when she risks losing everything she repents, and she does her best to reconcile with the man who brings her as much joy as sorrow.