Maharajah Duleep Singh(1838-1893), Maharaja of Lahore
Sitter in 6 portraits
Succeeding his late father at the age of 5, Duleep Singh was the last Maharajah of the Sikh empire. The 1846 Treaty of Lahore handed administration of the state and the protection of the Maharaja over to the British Government, forcing his mother into exile. In 1848, he was removed from the Punjab, his title and power devolved. The Koh-i-Noor Diamond was surrendered to Queen Victoria. Converting to Christianity, he settled in the UK, purchasing Elveden Hall, Suffolk, as his residence and marrying Bamba Müller. Despite the loss of sovereignty and exile, he became a friend of Queen Victoria and she was godmother to Prince Victor Albert Jay Duleep Singh, the eldest of his eight children.
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