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Early years[ edit ] A young Maharaja Duleep Singh.
Over thirteen years passed before Duleep Singh was permitted to see his mother again. After the close of the Second Anglo-Sikh War and the subsequent annexation of the Punjab on 29 March he was deposed at the age of ten  and was put into the care of Dr John Login and sent from Lahore to Fatehgarh on 21 Decemberwith tight restrictions on who he was allowed to meet.
No Indians, except trusted servants, could meet him in private. As a matter of British policy, he was to be anglicised in every possible respect. He would remain for weeks at a time in Landour at a grand hilltop building called The Castle, which had been lavishly furnished to accommodate him.
His conversion remains controversial, and it occurred before he turned He later had serious doubts and regrets regarding this decision and reconverted to Sikhism in His two closest childhood friends were both English Anglican missionaries.
In May he was sent into exile in Britain. Queen Victoria showered affection upon the turbaned Maharaja, as did the Prince Consort. He was also invited by the Queen to stay with the Royal Family at Osbornewhere she sketched him playing with her children and Prince Albert photographed him, while the court artist, Winterhaltermade his portrait.
He was a member of the Photographic Society, later the Royal Photographic Societyfrom until his death. He spent the rest of his teens there but at 19 he demanded to be in charge of his household. Eventually, he was given this and an increase in his annual pension.
He then sent a courier, Pundit Nehemiah Goreh, who was also intercepted and forbidden to contact the Maharani. Duleep Singh then decided to go himself. He was known for a lavish lifestyle, shooting parties, and a love of dressing in Highland costume and soon had the nickname "the Black Prince of Perthshire".
His mother stayed in Perthshire with him for a short time, before he rented the Grantully Estate, near Aberfeldy.
Following the deaths of his mother and Sir John Login inhe returned to England. He enjoyed living in Elveden Hall and the surrounding area and restored the church, cottages, and school. Today, Elveden is owned by The 4th Earl of Iveaghthe head of the Anglo-Irish Guinness family of brewing fame; it remains an operating farm and private hunting estate.
Re-initiated into Sikhism[ edit ] While in exile, he sought to learn more about Sikhism and was eager to return to India.
Though previous efforts were thwarted by his handlers, he reestablished contact with his cousin Sardar Thakar Singh Sandhawalia, who on 28 September left Amritsar for England along with his sons Narinder Singh and Gurdit Singh and a Sikh granthi priestPratap Singh Giani.
He also brought a list of properties held by Sir Duleep Singh in India. All this renewed his connection with Sikhism. However, he was intercepted and arrested in Adenthen part of Aden Settlementwhere the writ of the Viceroy of India began.
He could not be stopped from an informal re-conversion ceremony in Aden, far less grand and symbolic than it would have been in India, done by emissaries sent by Sardar Thakar Singh Sandhawalia, who was earlier planning the Pahaul ceremony at Bombay.
Death[ edit ] Statue of H. His body was brought back to be buried according to Christian rites, under the supervision of the India Officein Elveden Church beside the grave of his wife Maharani Bambaand his son Prince Edward Albert Duleep Singh. The graves are located on the west side of the Church.Photographic Bio of Maharajah Duleep Singh ~ Book Review.
Chapter 2 deals with Maharaja's life in England. Under the tutelage of Dr John Login and Lena Login, Duleep Singh was deported to England in April and separated from his mother Rani Jind Kaur. Maharaja Duleep Singh indulged in his passion for hunting and shooting and.
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