Last updated: 30 march, 2010 - 16:39 GMT

Victoria and Abdul: Queen Victoria and her Indian confidant

Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901

Queen Victoria's relationship with her Scottish manservant, John Brown, was the subject of much speculation in the 19th century.

After his death, the Queen formed an attachment with another young man: Abdul Karim.

Abdul was "given" to Queen Victoria as a servant on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee and became her confidant during the last 13 years of her life.

"Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queens' Closest Confidant" was published in Britain this week.

Sharbani Basu is the author.

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First broadcast 29 March 2010

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