Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
Prince Arthur and Prince Alfred in the costume of Sikh Princes, Osborne
Photograph with Prince Arthur (1850-1942), later the Duke of Connaught, seated on a chaise longue, facing the viewer and Prince Alfred (1844-1900), later Duke of Edinburgh and of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, also seated on the chaise longue in left side profile. Both Prince's wear traditional Indian dress.
Prince Alfred and Prince Arthur were the second and third sons of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Although the royal children often took part in plays and tableaux vivants, which they sometimes presented on special occasions, there seems to be no special significance about the date of this photograph. However, it was taken soon after the visit of the Maharajah Dalip Singh to Osborne in August 1854 so it is possible the costumes were a gift from him.