London, the home to British royalty and the origination of real life story of Victoria and Abdul saw its London premiere at a gala affair last night. Thousands of people came to witness their Dame Judi Dench return to screen as Queen Victoria and to cheer their favorite actress as she walked down the red carpet with her lead co-star, Ali Fazal.

 

The film will see its U.K. release next week and will now head to the Toronto International Film Festival.

 

Victoria & Abdul is an upcoming British-American biographical drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. It is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, and on the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim.