Who was Abdul Karim?

Born in India in 1863, Abdul Karim was selected to be a servant to Queen Victoria. He was brought to England and presented to the Queen by the Viceroy of India.

He continued to serve the Queen throughout the final 15 years of her reign, quickly becoming a favourite of hers, which caused friction amongst her other attendants.

Abdul Karim

Karim began his career in the royal household by serving breakfast to the Queen, but was promoted to be her teacher or 'Munshi', teaching her Hindi.

This photograph and accompanying article covered nearly a full page in the Illustrated London News on 20 August 1892.

Illustrated London News article

Images: © Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Find out more about Queen Victoria's relationship with Abdul Karim in Channel Four's film Queen Victoria's Last Love.

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