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Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala

(1891-1938), Indian ruler

Sitter in 18 portraits
Succeeded his father Sir Rajinder Singh upon his death, as Maharaja of Patiala. Educated at Aitchison College in Lahore, he took over the Government in 1910. An accomplished cricketer, he captained the India team that toured England in 1911. As a leader of the Sikhs in India he took an interest in Indian affairs. He showed loyalty to the British Empire by sending 28,000 of his men to fight in World War I. This lead to a further recruitment drive for volunteers. Almost 89,000 Sikhs fought for the British in the War. Singh unveiled the Southern Gateway of the Royal Pavilion in 1921, a gift from Indian Maharajas to thank Brighton for aiding wounded Indian soldiers. He was chancellor of the Indian Chamber of Princes (1926-30), and led the Indian States delegation at the Round Table Conference in London. The Maharaja lived an extravagant and opulent life of excess; he owned a fleet of custom-built Rolls-Royces and commissioned the 'Patiala Necklace' by Cartier, one of the most expensive pieces of jewellery ever made.

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Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, by Vandyk - NPG x98675

Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala

by Vandyk
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 5 July 1911
NPG x98675

Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, by Vandyk - NPG x98676

Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala

by Vandyk
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 5 July 1911
NPG x98676

Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, by Vandyk - NPG x98677

Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala

by Vandyk
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 5 July 1911
NPG x98677

Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, by Vandyk - NPG x98678

Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala

by Vandyk
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 5 July 1911
NPG x98678

Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, by Vandyk - NPG x98674

Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala

by Vandyk
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 5 July 1911
NPG x98674

The Imperial War Cabinet, by Vandyk - NPG x32125

The Imperial War Cabinet

by Vandyk
10 x 12 inch glass negative, 25 June 1918
NPG x32125

The Imperial War Cabinet, by Vandyk - NPG x32126

The Imperial War Cabinet

by Vandyk
10 x 12 inch glass negative, 25 June 1918
NPG x32126

The Imperial War Cabinet, by Vandyk - NPG x32127

The Imperial War Cabinet

by Vandyk
10 x 12 inch glass negative, 25 June 1918
NPG x32127

The Imperial War Cabinet, by Vandyk - NPG x32124

The Imperial War Cabinet

by Vandyk
10 x 12 inch glass negative, 25 June 1918
NPG x32124

The Imperial War Cabinet, by Vandyk - NPG x130051

The Imperial War Cabinet

by Vandyk
10 x 12 inch glass negative, 25 June 1918
NPG x130051

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The Imperial War Cabinet

by Vandyk
10 x 12 inch glass negative, 25 June 1918
NPG x32123

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Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala with members of his family

by Vandyk
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 24 January 1931
NPG x130953

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Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala with members of his family

by Vandyk
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 24 January 1931
NPG x130954

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Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala with members of his family

by Vandyk
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 24 January 1931
NPG x130955

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