Filming of Victoria and Abdul on the Isle of Wight is all wrapped up and set for release on the 15th September.
The film documents the close friendship between the Queen, played by acting royalty, Dame Judi Dench and her Indian aide Abdul Karim, in the monarchs later years, and showcases some of the beautiful interiors of Osborne, seen on the big screen for the first time ever. This includes the stunning Indian-inspired Durbar Room, so called after the Indian word for state reception, with its elaborate ceiling designed by Lockwood Kipling (father of the famed author Rudyard) and one of his former students, the architect Bhai Ram Singh.
The opulent Grand Corridor and Yellow Drawing Room are also featured.
Having spent last summer at Osborne filming , Friends of Osborne chairman, Tim King, wrote to Dame Judi, inviting her to become patron of Osborne which she readily accepted, commenting “We had a wonderful time filming at Osborne and everyone there was absolutely wonderful. I am delighted to be able to continue the association, although I cannot promise to be a very frequent visitor.” However, one of these visits promises to be a private gala dinner in her honour at the house in the summer.