In the last post, we saw that Queen Victoria knew Urdu well enough to express her emotions in that language. Queen Victoria had never even been to India. But she had a few people brought from India as servants. This was done so that she could expand her knowledge of India.
Abdul Karim was Queen Victoria's Urdu teacher.
"In 1887 Karim was sent to England at the age of 24 as a "gift" for the queen. He became the old woman's closest male friend . Karim began service as a waiter at table and ended up as her Indian Secretary, teaching her Urdu and Hindustani.
She called him her Munshi (teacher in Urdu), and his portrait was painted after Swoboda returned from India.
Karim had a cottage for his family at each of the queen's residences, and ate with the household, not the servants. He had his own carriage and a yacht for the use of his wife, aunts and parents-in-law.
His position was the cause of much jealousy, and there was a scandal when the queen lost a brooch after visiting his house in Windsor. Scandals about royal servants are clearly nothing new.
When the queen died in 1901 Karim and his family were sent back to India, but Victoria had ensured that he had a proper pension. "