Bamba Müller(1848-1947), Maharani of Lahore
Maharani Bamba Duleep Singh (née Müller)
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Maharani Bamba Duleep Singh (née Müller) was the illegitimate daughter of a German banker and his Abyssinian mistress who was a Coptic Christian slave. She was brought up and educated by Christian missionaries in Cairo, later becoming a teacher. Whilst teaching at the missionary and despite speaking only Arabic, she was encouraged to enter into a correspondence courtship with Maharaja Duleep Singh after he contacted the missionary in the hope of finding a Christian wife of eastern descent. After the couple were married in Egypt (1864), they settled in England at Elveden, Norfolk and had six children: Prince Victor Duleep Singh, Prince Frederick, Prince Edward, Princess Bamba Jindan, Princess Katherine and Princess Sophia Alexandria, who became a prominent suffragette.
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