Victoria’s di­ary goes on show

The Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

A DI­ARY which re­veals how Queen Victoria learned to write Hin­dus­tani is go­ing on dis­play to the pub­lic for the first time.

The arte­fact dat­ing from 1895, which shows the Urdu al­pha­bet in Victoria’s hand­writ­ing above in­struc­tions from her In­dian ser­vant Ab­dul Karim, has been lent from the Royal Archives by the Queen.

It is go­ing on dis­play at Os­borne, Victoria’s Isle of Wight home, with two signed photos of Karim, as the film Victoria and

Ab­dul de­pict­ing their re­la­tion­ship is re­leased.

Michael Hunter, English Her­itage’s cu­ra­tor at Os­borne, said: “This di­ary gives an in­ti­mate glimpse into the re­la­tion­ship of Queen Victoria and

Ab­dul Karim.”

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