Queen Victoria and her Indian attendant the Munshi Hafiz Abdul Karim. After arriving from the subcontinent in 1887, he quickly won the monarch's devoted affection and became known as the "Indian John Brown".His influence over the queen was so envied that when Victoria died her son King Edward ordered palace guards to destroy correspondence she sent to the Munshi to erase all record of their relationship.
Charles Henry Croft was the founder of the Pearly Kings and Queens. He was born in 1862 and was raised in a Victorian workhouse orphanage in St Pancras, London. He left there and became a road sweeper and a rat catcher. London's costermongers (greengrocers) would decorate their suits with pearl buttons on the seams, Henry went one further and decorated a whole suit with pearl buttons, he quickly became famous and used his popularity to raise money for the poor
The New Poor Law poster 1837. The New Poor Law ensured the poor were placed in workhouses. Children in the workhouses were given some schooling. Richard Oastler spoke out against the workhouses calling them 'Prisons for the Poor'. The poor feared the threat of entering the workhouses.