Queen Victoria's Last Love

Synopsis: In 1897 Queen Victoria antagonized family and court with her relationship with Indian servant Abdul Karim. Originally a waiter the devious and arrogant young man won over the queen by playing on her love of Indian cuisine and romantic view of the country,teaching her Hindistani,whilst she signed letters to him 'Mother',bestowing houses and gifts on him and his family. Already shocked that a Muslim should be at the heart of the court the Royal family stepped in when Victoria announced her desire to knight him and they threatened to have her declared insane if she went ahead. It worked. And in 1901 after the queen's death Karim was banished from Royal circles,returning to India where he died.
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to real people around her.

She wanted somebody with whom

she could relate directly,

um... and she craved

this kind of intimacy.

You know, there's that famous quote,

after Albert dies, she says,

"There's nobody who can call me

Victoria now. "

Certainly she was very needy,

she was emotionally hungry,

and she grew up without a father,

and with a mother that she

believed didn't love her.

She did not have

an easy childhood at all.

So in later life,

what she really, really needed

was someone to give her

unconditional attention.

In Abdul Karim,

she found a man ready, willing,

and able to provide it.

Just weeks after

Abdul's arrival at court,

the Queen made

a startling announcement.

"I am learning a few words

of Hindustani.

"Young Abdul teaches me.

"He's a very strict master,

and a perfect gentleman. "

No more pots and pans for Abdul.

The 24-year-old kitchen boy

was now to be known as the Queen's

munshi, or teacher.

Entrusted with the honour

of instructing the monarch

in the official language

of her Indian subjects.

For the rest of her life, the Queen

kept a daily record of her studies

in a series of journals.

Well, here we have an example

from the Queen's Hindustani diary.

"Aaj ka din bohat atchaa rahaa.

"Shah Persia aaj hamaari mulakaatko

meh chandvasiroh keh aayi. "

"The day was very fine.

"The Shah of Persia

came to see me today

"with some of his ministers

at two o'clock'.

The script has been written

with a certain amount of fluency,

in a very enthusiastic way.

She's trying to come to grips

with something which is actually

very alien.

And the skill that is needed

for that to be done

at a competent level

is going to be very,

very significant.

So what I see is, actually,

I'm very impressed with

what she was able to achieve,

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