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Queen Victoria's Last Love (2012)

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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Geoffrey Palmer ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Veronica Clifford Veronica Clifford ... Queen Victoria
Kushal Pal Singh Kushal Pal Singh ... Abdul Karim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Humayun Ansari Humayun Ansari ... Himself - University of London (as Prof Humayun Ansari)
Alastair Bruce Alastair Bruce ... Himself - Great-grandson of the Viceroy of India
Andrew Bruce Andrew Bruce ... Himself - 11th Ear of Elgin
David Dabydeen David Dabydeen ... Himself - University of Warwick (as Prof David Dabydeen)
Farrukh Dhondy Farrukh Dhondy ... Himself - Writer, The Empress & The Munshi
Michael Hunter Michael Hunter ... Himself - Curator, Osborne House
Javeed Mahmood Javeed Mahmood ... Himself - Great Grandson of Abdul Karim
Laura Ponsonby Laura Ponsonby ... Herself - Great-granddaughter of Sir Henry Ponsonby (as Lady Laura Ponsonby)
Michaela Reid Michaela Reid ... Herself - Granddaughter-in-law of Sir James Reid (as Lady Michaela Reid)
Jane Ridley Jane Ridley ... Herself - Royal Biographer (as Prof Jane Ridley)
Martin Wainwright Martin Wainwright ... Himself - Akron University, Ohio (as Prof Martin Wainwright)
Lucy Worsley ... Herself - Curator, Historic Royal Palaces (as Dr Lucy Worsley)


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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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25 April 2012 (UK) See more »

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Victoria and Abdul
14 January 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This documentary was a hoot but for all the wrong reasons.

You have descendants talking about their great grandfathers like they actually met them and knew them well.

You have academics pontificating about events without much evidence to go on. In fact we are told at the end that a lot of the documentary evidence was burned hence why we have recreations of some scenes with actors because of the dearth of photographs and other evidence.

The elderly Queen Victoria, Empress of India having lost her previous infatuation, John Brown took a shine to Abdul Karim who was sent over from Indian as a servant. Despite the provocative title of the documentary, she treated him like a son. Anyhow Karim was not really eye candy, judging by the photographs it is clear who ate all the chicken balti pies.

In royal circles Karim was not popular. He was regarded as a man on the make and taking advantage of Queen Victoria. That was their job.

Karim certainly seized his opportunity to make something out of himself, embellish a few stories so he could rise in status and he was given vast lands in Agra.

Those who were jealous of his apparent influence went to India to investigate his background and found that Karim came from lowly stock. I think the clue was that he was sent over from India as a servant!

This was a sensationalist documentary full of innuendo and gossip. A poor show.

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