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