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, set in the Crown of Queen Elizabeth and on display in the Jewel House in the Tower of London.[5
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.
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.
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.
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.
Princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh, 1876 - 1948 Sophia was born in London, the daughter of Maharaja Duleep Singh and his wife Bamba Müller. Her father was the last maharaja of the Sikh Empire, having abdicated his throne to the British at 11 years old. Queen Victoria later became Sophia's godmother. When she was 10 years old Sophia contracted typhoid. Though she survived, she infected her mother who slipped into a coma and died. Upon the death of her father in 1893 she inherited…
Princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh (8 August 1876 – 22 August 1948) was a prominent suffragette in the United Kingdom. Her father was Maharaja Duleep Singh, son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, known as the "Lion of the Punjab"