Sarah Forbes Bonetta was the princess, born into the Egbado royal family of south-western Nigeria, who became a favourite of Queen Victoria and a regular visitor to Windsor Castle.
Sarah was captured in 1848 during a slave-hunt war by the infamous King Ghezo of Dahomey when she was just eight years old. Her tribe was massacred and she was intended as a human sacrifice.
Sarah was captured and later given by Frederick Forbes to Queen Victoria. The Queen was impressed by the girl’s exceptional intelligence and had Sara raised as her god daughter.