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Maharaja Dalip Singh, Lahore, Sikh Empire 1838-1893, commonly called Duleep Singh and later in life nicknamed the Black Prince of Perthshire, was the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire. He was the youngest son of the legendary "Lion of the Punjab" Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Maharani Jind Kaur, and came to power after a series of intrigues, in which several other claimants to the throne and to the Koh-i-Noor diamond, killed each other.

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Maharajah Duleep Singh son of maharaja ranjit singh last powerful ruler of sikh empire

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from the Guardian

Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary review – a radical Indian royal in the heart of empire

She should have been in the Suffragette movie. Wiped out of history.The life story of unsung suffragette Sophia Duleep Singh, daughter of an exiled Punjabi maharajah, is skilfully told by Anita Anand, writes John Kampfner

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Maharaja Duleep Singh, last Maharaja of the Sikh empire, in exile in London. A favourite of Queen Victoria

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Elveden Hall, former residence of Maharajah Duleep Singh.

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Maharajah Dalip Singh (1838 – 1893) dressed for a State function, c.1875. Later nicknamed the Black Prince of Perthshire, he was the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire. He came to power after a series of intrigues, in which several other claimants to the throne & the Koh-i-Noor diamond, killed each other. After his exile to Britain at age 13 following the British annexation of the Punjab, he was befriended by Queen Victoria. In 1850, the Koh-i-noor Diamond was confiscated by the British.

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Maharani Jind Kaur (1817 – 1 August 1863) was the youngest wife of the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, Ranjit Singh, and the mother of the last Maharaja, Duleep Singh. She was renowned for her beauty, energy and strength of purpose and was popularly known as Rani Jindan, but her fame is derived chiefly from the fear she engendered in the British in India, who described her as "the Messalina of the Punjab".

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Maharaja Duleep Singh wearing a variety of jewelry including a presentation portrait miniature of Queen Victoria, ropes of pearls, and a diamond turban aigrette set with an enormous emerald. He also has hoop earrings with pearl and emerald beads.

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