Ten days after they heard the news of the Charge of the Light Brigade, it was the Princess Royal’s fourteenth birthday. Throughout this war, happening so far away, the Queen’s domestic life went on undisturbed.Vicky’s birthday… was spent at Windsor. The Queen spent the day quietly with the children and ‘sketched Gouramma’. This was her goddaughter, the Princess Gouramma, now Victoria Gouramma, of Coorg. Her father, the deposed rajah, driven from his lands in Southern India, had for a while resided at Benares. In 1852, the rajah brought Gouramma, then aged eleven, to London and offered her to the Queen for adoption… the Queen always felt sheepish about the deposed Indian maharajahs whose wealth had been seized by the East India Company.