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Queen Victoria's Urdu workbook on show

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A rarely-seen workbook showing how Queen Victoria learned to write Urdu from a cherished Indian servant has gone on public display.

The monarch began to take writing lessons from Abdul Karim in 1887.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-41285054

 

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51 minutes ago, Eldorado said:

This is the most popular article at the Smithsonian site.  lol  Folk love a good scandal.

The True Story of Victoria and Abdul!

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/victoria-and-abdul-friendship-scandalized-england-180964959/

Like her relationship with Karim, her relationship with her servant John Brown has also caused speculation and controversy. That was also the subject of a film - "Mrs Brown" in 1997 - with Billy Connolly playing Brown.

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32 minutes ago, Black Monk said:

Like her relationship with Karim, her relationship with her servant John Brown has also caused speculation and controversy. That was also the subject of a film - "Mrs Brown" in 1997 - with Billy Connolly playing Brown.

"Mrs Brown" was a great film, I've seen it twice.

"Victoria and Abdul" (2017), I'd like to see that film too. For one thing I'm a big fan of Dame Judi Dench.

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1 hour ago, Still Waters said:

"Mrs Brown" was a great film, I've seen it twice.

"Victoria and Abdul" (2017), I'd like to see that film too. For one thing I'm a big fan of Dame Judi Dench.

She was also very good as another of our great monarchs - Elizabeth I.

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