Posted by Abdul Alim
(The Sun): BRITAIN is set to go Diamond Jubilee crazy as the Queen marks 60 years on the throne.
But just over a century ago the same celebration for her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, was nearly derailed by her scandalous relationship with an Indian manservant.
In fact Her Majesty became so infatuated with tall, handsome Muslim Abdul Karim that senior royal advisers plotted to have her declared insane just days before her Jubilee unless she halted a controversial plan to knight him.
The young waiter — he was just 24 — had begun serving the Queen’s table in June 1887 after being sent to London as a “gift” from the Indian outpost of her empire.
He soon began bewitching her with romantic tales of mysterious India, and cooking up delicious curries for her in the royal kitchens.
But royal biographer Jane Ridley believes Abdul’s striking looks also helped to draw in the Queen.
She says: “Victoria always had a great appreciation of male beauty so when she saw these gorgeous clothes, sashes and turbans kissing her feet, how could she resist?”