Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.
When filming began in September 2016, Judi Dench was one month older than Queen Victoria was when she died. See more »
In the late 1800's the burqa was the white one piece "shuttlecock" type not the black multi layer (but that would have impaired the scenes seeing small parts of Mrs Karim). The white "shuttlecock " would have allowed different sight gags. See more »
I understand there is some concern over my desires on preferment. I understand feelings have run high. And I understand you have decided to resign rather than withstand my decision. If any one of you wishes to tender their resignation, it will be accepted, without any unfortunate consequences. But at least have the decency to do it to my face! Anyone wishing to resign, please step forward.
[silence, as Queen Victoria sees that no one in the household is willing to resign]
Hmm. I would like to ...
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The title doesn't appear until 16 minutes into the movie. See more »