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.
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary review – a radical Indian royal in the heart of empire
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.
Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, the Indian Princess turned radical British Suffragette leader.