Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) welcomes Abdul Karim’s (Ali Fazal) family to her home in England. Fascinated by the black burgas worn by Abdul’s wife and mother-in-law, Victoria asks to see the women’s faces. Her interest in India is evident as Victoria had a detailed Durbar Room and a replica of the Peacock Throne built in her home before their visit, much to the dismay of the prime minister, Lord Salisbury (Michael Gambon), and other household members.
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award® winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.
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