At the age of five, Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, born into a royal Yoruba dynasty, was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a "gift" from one royal family to another. A unique and admired figure in history, she spent her life between the British royal household and her homeland in Africa.
Victoria the beauty queen: The picture she gave Albert
Queen Victoria's secret? Did she marry Mr. Brown and have his daughter? This is a very interesting article about one of the most famous monarchs of British history and of one of the most amazing love stories to come out of the 19th century. Enjoy!
Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) (1819-1901) & Prince Albert (Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel) (1819-1861). Portraits in Profile. “Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves” - Queen Victoria. "I am very happy and contented; but the difficulty in filling my place with the proper dignity is that I am only the husband, not the master in the house." Prince Albert.
Queen Victoria in 1872. After the death of the Prince Consort the Queen emerged from seclusion only when obliged to - usually to attend the dedication of a memorial to her dead husband ( or in this instance to attend a service of thanksgiving for the recovery of the Prince of Wales from typhoid) . This is a fair example of the kind of souped up mourning (with regal trimmings) she decided to adopt. Variations of this look would take her to the end of her life.