A little known fact about Queen Victoria is set to be revealed this Christmas – that the monarch adopted a tenth child from Nigeria.
The amazing tale is told in the Christmas special of ITV drama Victoria, which shows how the Queen took on orphan Sarah Forbes Bonetta.
Aged just five, the little girl was a princess from the Yoruba royal family, before her parents were brutally killed during a military raid.
After their death, Sarah was captured by the king of a rival state in 1848, but incredibly, was rescued by a British naval officer.
Brit Frederick Forbes of the Royal Navy was visiting the kingdom of Dahomey, and persuaded the King to hand Sarah over to him so he could give her to Queen Victoria as a gift.
Culled from The Sun UK