Sir Rajinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala(1872-1900), Maharaja of Patiala
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Son of Maharaja Mahendra Singh, a member of the Phulkian Dynasty, Maharaja Rajinder Singh was educated at Cambridge. In 1897, he was recognised for his bravery and awarded the Grand Cross of the Star of India the highest order for chivalry founded by Queen Victoria in 1861. A keen sportsman, he was known for playing polo, cricket and field hockey. The Maharaja was said to have had an astounding 365 wives. He later also married the daughter of his Irish horse master, Florence Bryan, who converted to Sikhism. He reigned as Maharaja of Patiala in the state of Punjab, India from 1876 until he died in a riding accident in 1900. His most famous child was Bhupinder Singh, his successor.
by Hon. Mary Catherine Rees (née Dormer) ('MR' and 'Bint')
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 4 January 1900
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