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 goddaughter.