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19 Strange And Delightful Facts About British History

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You'll Never Guess Who This Woman's Godmother Was

Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, photographed by Camille Silvy, 1862 Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies was a child born into a royal West African dynasty. She was orphaned in 1848, when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. She was around five years old. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the queen’s goddaughter and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence.

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Queen Victoria: The real story of her 'domestic bliss'

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Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Queen Victoria on the Death of Prince Albert (page two) (1862)

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*QUEEN VICTORIA ~ spent 63 years on the throne. MEANING: Victoris of Latin origin and means victory.WHY WE LIKE IT: She continues to be the family's longest reigning monarch and the longest reigning female in power. As a child, she was known as a "patient rebel" — always aiming to be "good" but also very strong-minded, according to Professor Lynne Vallone. Advertisement

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