This ornate ivory throne forms the focus for a new exhibition showcasing the love that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shared for the arts.
Photo: CLARA MOLDEN
Bearing a jewelled Garter Star comprised of diamonds, rubies and emeralds, it was given to her in 1851 by the Maharaja of Travancore in modern day Kerala.
Victoria & Albert: Art & Love brings together over 400 items from the Royal Collection which date from Queen Victoria's rule.
Also on display will be a portrait commissioned by the monarch as a surprise gift for Prince Albert's 24th birthday, showing Queen Victoria as a beautiful young woman.
Painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, her favourite artist, she referred to it as her "secret painting" and said it was "my darling Albert's favourite".
There is also a ball gown made of moire silk and trimmed with lace and faux pearls, that she wore to the Stuart Ball of 1851.
A spokesman for the Royal Collection said: "It is the most sumptuous and glamorous of the Queen’s surviving clothes."
The exhibition opens on Friday March 19 and runs until October 31.