Heritage

New Movie Depicts Queen Victoria's Unlikely Friendship with Royal Servant Abdul Karim

Queen Victoria became dependent on Abdul, who evolved to become her teacher and adviser.
IMAGE Screenshot from Youtube / Focus Features
Comments

Queen Victoria defied expectations. She was frank, stubborn, and far from mild-mannered. She didn’t settle for how things were. She became the first monarch to regularly interact with the public through civic engagements. In her late years, she became friends with people of lower rank. One of them was John Brown, a servant in her Scotland castle. Newspapers gave her the disparaging nickname Mrs. Brown, which was to be the title of the 1997 movie starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria.

After Brown’s death, she made another unlikely friend. During her jubilee celebration in 1887, the queen met Abdul Karim, a young Indian man sent to England to be her attendant. They became close. The next year she would give him a position in court. He taught the queen Urdu and Indian culture. The irony: Victoria was the empress of India and had never been to India.

The new movie Victoria and Abdul appears to be a light-hearted and humorous take on this friendship of 15 years. But nothing unlikely in the casting department. Judi Dench returns as Queen Victoria, complete with the defiant punch lines.

Victoria and Abdul will be released on September 22, 2017.

h/t BBC News and BBC iWonder

Comments
About The Author
Kwyn Kenaz Aquino
View Other Articles From Kwyn Kenaz Aquino
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
The Tony-winning musical only has four weeks left until the final performance on January 6.
 
Share
These editor-approved, cult-favorite products smooth fine lines, prevent wrinkles, and help turn back the hands of time.
 
Share
 
Share
A comprehensive who's who of Queen Elizabeth's family, from her grandparents (the first Windsors) to little Prince Louis and every cousin in between.
 
Share
There's more to come but these are sure to wow... for now.
 
Share
The event was organized with the Prince's Trust, an organization that Charles founded and Hardy serves as ambassador for.
 
Share
 
Share
These Filipino designers make furniture that can stand the test of time.
 
Share
 
Share
Inside details on the flat that the Middleton sisters called home in their single days.
 
Share
Add a touch of timeless sophistication to your home bar.
 
Share
A new book reveals unforgettable presents from an author's very famous friends.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US