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After his exile to Britain at age 13 following the British annexation of the Punjab, he was befriended by Queen Victoria. In June 1850, Lord Dalhousie presented the Kohinoor Diamond by Dalip Singh after it was confiscated by the British. From that date on, the diamond became part of the Crown Jewels,[4] set in the Crown of Queen Elizabeth and on display in the Jewel House in the Tower of London.[5

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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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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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1801 - 2009 | This timeline was produced for the 'Maharajah Duleep Singh - Sovereign, Squire & Rebel' exhibition that told the extraordinary story of the conections between Thetford and the family. A king at five, the Maharajah became a favourite of Queen Victoria and was close to the Royal Household. He lived a life of an English aristocrat but died a broken man, alone and in poverty.

1801 - 2009 | This timeline was produced for the 'Maharajah Duleep Singh - Sovereign, Squire & Rebel' exhibition that told the extraordinary story of the conections between Thetford and the family. A king at five, the Maharajah became a favourite of Queen Victoria and was close to the Royal Household. He lived a life of an English aristocrat but died a broken man, alone and in poverty.

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Maharaja Duleep Singh was a Sikh ruler of the sovereign country of Punjab and sikh empire.

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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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With 'Sophia,' A Forgotten Suffragette Is Back In The Headlines

Sophia Duleep Singh (fourth from left) fought for causes like women's suffrage and better treatment of Indian soldiers in World War I — enraging the British government.