Queen victoria and servant abdul

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queen victoria and servant abdul

Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queens Closest Confidant by Shrabani Basu

The tall, handsome Abdul Karim was just twenty-four years old when he arrived in England from Agra to wait at tables during Queen Victorias Golden Jubilee. An assistant clerk at Agra Central Jail, he suddenly found himself a personal attendant to the Empress of India herself. Within a year, he was established as a powerful figure at court, becoming the queens teacher, or Munshi, and instructing her in Urdu and Indian affairs. Devastated by the death of John Brown, her Scottish gillie, the queen had at last found his replacement. But her intense and controversial relationship with the Munshi led to a near-revolt in the royal household. Victoria & Abdul examines how a young Indian Muslim came to play a central role at the heart of the Empire, and his influence over the queen at a time when independence movements in the sub-continent were growing in force. Yet, at its heart, it is a tender love story between an ordinary Indian and his elderly queen, a relationship that survived the best attempts to destroy it.
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Their habit of sharing daily private moments scandalised princes, prime ministers and potentates alike.
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Diaries reveal Queen Victoria's affection for her 'Indian John Brown'

The two had reportedly been so close that rumors of an affair between them ran rampant through the court. Four years before Karim arrived in England, though, John Brown died and the Queen was left with a great void in her life. Her family had expected her to find a way to fill it — but nobody would have imagined that the man taking his place would be a year-old prison clerk from India. Karim was sent to England to work as a servant at her Golden Jubilee, the celebration of her 50th year as Queen of England. He was given a few hasty lessons in English and sent halfway across the world, expecting nothing more than to wait a few tables. The queen was almost instantly fascinated by Karim.

She led a grand procession to Westminster Abbey in open carriage, escorted by the Indian cavalry, greeted screaming crowds on her palace balcony, and enjoyed fireworks in the garden. Queen Victoria in turn showered him with gifts, titles and honors, much to the resentment of the royal family. When the queen died in , her children burned every letter she sent Karim, whom they unceremoniously deported back to India. Yet his record lives on, thanks in large part to his diary, preserved by generations of descendants. As Basu recounts in her book of the same name, Karim was born near Jhansi, the second-oldest child of six.

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The family evicted Karim from the home the queen had given him, and deported him back to India.
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Abdul Karim: The Queen’s “Indian John Brown”

After arriving from the subcontinent in , he quickly won the monarch's devoted affection and became known as the "Indian John Brown". His influence over the queen was so envied that when Victoria died her son King Edward ordered palace guards to destroy correspondence she sent to the Munshi to erase all record of their relationship. But a new archive of letters, photographs and the Munshi's handwritten 'autobiography' shown to The Daily Telegraph , held secretly by his descendants for more than a century, has emerged in India and Pakistan which paints a different picture of Abdul Karim and his relationship with the Queen. They chart the extraordinary rise of the year-old clerk from Agra in Northern India who was picked as one of two Indian table waiters to serve Victoria during her Golden Jubilee. They reveal her "maternal" care and concern for his welfare and the hostility and racism Victoria believed he faced as he made his ascent. He wrote: "This is the journal of my life at the court of Queen Victoria from the Golden Jubilee of to the Diamond Jubilee of


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