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Now a major motion picture starring Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon and Eddie Izzard, directed by Stephen Freers. The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant. The tall, handsome Abdul Karim was just 24 years old when he arrived in England from Agra to wait at the tables during the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Within a year he was established as a powerful figure in the Royal Court. Devastated by the death of John Brown, four years earlier, Victoria had at last found his replacement. This book examines how a Muslim man came to play a central role at the heart of the Empire and his influence over the Queen.