This is one of the only pictures of Queen Victoria smiling. I think this was around the time of her Golden Jubilee. For special occasions, she would wear white shawls and other accent pieces with her black mourning.
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.
QUEEN VICTORIA (b.1819-d.1901). QUEEN IN HER OWN RIGHT from her accession on 20th June, 1837 until her death on 22nd January, 1901. HOUSE OF HANOVER. PICTURE: Queen Victoria in her coronation robes, painted in 1860. By George Hayter. Government Art Collection, United Kingdom.