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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there was always a curry dish

provided on the menu.

And here, on the 13th of February,

it was a chicken curry.

"20th of August, 1887.

"Had some excellent curry prepared

by one of my Indian servants. "

And we know that Abdul Karim

and some of the Indian attendants

cooked these curries,

they prepared the meat

and procured their own spices

and so on,

and were given a corner

of the main kitchen here at Osborne,

where they could prepare

these authentic curry dishes.

I suspect she rather enjoyed it.

With Karim in her kitchens,

the Queen's palaces were transformed

into some of Britain's first -

and finest - curry houses.

But Abdul had ambitions

to be more than just a novelty chef.

Given his class background,

which was fairly humble,

I think most people in that position

would have been fairly reticent.

Abdul Karim was not.

What he says to the Queen

is that he is a very educated man,

to the point of implying

that he can be a teacher.

Abdul was eyeing promotion.

And in Queen Victoria, the would-be

teacher found an eager pupil.

At the age of 68, the Queen

was a figure of great authority,

and much revered by her subjects.

But her private life

was marked by tragedy.

Victoria had never fully recovered

from the death of her beloved

German husband, Prince Albert.

For two decades, John Brown,

her Scottish servant,

had been the Queen's most intimate

male companion.

But in 1883, Brown died.

And in Abdul Karim, the Queen

found the ideal replacement.

He was a very warm man, he was very

entertaining, he was jolly,

he was a very human person,

as such.

And maybe those were

the traits that, er...

attracted the Queen

to him eventually,

because he was a man who came across

as a man of flesh and blood,

and I don't think she was used

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