This flower-presenting Officer bears
a striking likeness to Henry
Charles FitzRoy Somerset, 8th Duke of Beaufort, who
was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant of the Royal Gloucestershire
Hussars on 5 May 1854 (aged 30).
He would resign that appointment on 29
April 1874, becoming Honorary Colonel of the Regiment.
This portrait is showing the Badminton
Blue Stable Jacket of the Gloucestershire Hussars, adorned with
five rows of braiding, lace being gold mixed with Badminton
The full dress Busby should not be worn
with a Stable Jacket - but does much for the composition of
the photograph, so will be qualified as Artistic License.
George-Edward Alder, the Photographer,
was born in Cheltenham in 1829.
He had his Studio there in 1854-1856, and again from 1865 to
1870 - before moving to Croydon.