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INDIAN PRINCES, THE
Neg. No: 2805
Neg. Size: 12"x15"
Neg. Date: 3-9-1901

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Subject: The four sons of HH Sir Nripendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar (1862-1911).[India]

 

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H.H. Maharaja Shri Sir Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch-Behar, KCSI (1.1.1917). b. in London, 20th December 1886, educ. Eton and with Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun. Attended the Coronation of H.M. The King Emperor Edward VII in 1902 (rcvd Medal) and H.M. The King Emperor George V in 1911 (rcvd. Medal). Attended the Delhi Durbars 1903 (rcvd. medal) and 1911 (rcvd. bar to Coron. medal). Succeeded his brother, 1st September 1913. Proclaimed at Cooch-Behar, 16th September 1913 and installed on the gadi, 17th November 1913. X at London, 25th August 1913, H.H. Maharani Indira Devi (b. at Laxmi Vilas Palace, Baroda, 19th February 1892; d. at Bombay, 12th September 1968), Regent of Cooch-Behar and President of the State Council 20th December 1922 to 6th April 1936, the only surviving daughter of H.H. Farzand-i-Khas-i-Daulat-i-Inglishia, Shrimant Maharaja Sir Sayaji Rao III Gaekwad, Sena Khas Khel Shamsher Bahadur, Maharaja of Baroda, GCSI, GCIE, by his second wife, H.H. Maharani Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Gajra Bai Sahiba, CI. He d. at Cooch-Behar, 20th December 1922, having had issue two sons and three daughters.
Lieutenant-Colonel Maharaj Kumar Shri Victor Nitendra Narayan. b. 21st May 1887, educ. Mayo Coll., Ajmer, Eton, and with ICC, Dehra Dun. Attended the Delhi Durbar 1911 as a member of the Bodyguard to HM King Emperor George V (rcvd. Silver Medal). MLC Cooch-Behar 1911-29; MSC in charge of H.H.ís Household 1913-19, MSC in charge of the Education, Press, Agriculture and Industry departments 1919-29; Cdt Cooch-Behar State Forces and Military Sec to H.H. 1914-19. Rcvd. Silver Jubilee Medal (1935) and Coronation Medal (1937). X at Calcutta, 1916, Maharaj Kumari Niropoma Devi, daughter of M.L. Gupta, Barr-at-Law, of Calcutta. He d. in a motor accident at Osterley, Surrey, 31st October 1937, having had issue two sons
H.H. Maharaja Shri Raj Rajeshwar Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch-Behar. b. at Woodlands, Alipur, Calcutta, 11th April 1882, educ. Mayo Coll., Ajmer; Eton, Berks., Oxford Univ. and with Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun. Hon. Lieut. 2nd City of London Imperial Yeomanry (Westminster Dragoons), 4/6/1902. Attended the Coronation of H.M. The King Emperor Edward VII in 1902 (rcvd. medal), Delhi Durbar 1903 (rcvd. Silver medal), and the Coronation of H.M. The King Emperor George V in 1911 (rcvd. medal). Succeeded on the death of his father, 18th September 1911. Proclaimed at Cooch-Behar, 2nd October 1911 and installed on the gadi, 8th November 1911. He d.s.p. unm. at Cromer, Norfolk, 1st September 1913 and was succeeded by his younger brother.
Lieutenant-Colonel Maharaj Kumar Shri Hitendra Narayan. b. at Darjeeling, 1st July 1890, educ. Eton and with ICC, Dehra Dun. Cmsnd as 2nd-Lieut IA, 15/10/1914 served in the Great War as Staff Officer to the GOC IEF in France 1914-16 (MID for distinguished service at Neuve Chapelle, 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals and Indian recruiting badge). Cdt. Cooch-Behar State Forces and Military Sec to H.H. 1919-20; MSC in charge of H.H.ís Household and an MLC, 1919-20. He d. suddenly at Colinton, Darjeeling, 7th November 1920.

Biographical information provided by Christopher J Buyers , The Royal Ark http://www.dreamwater.net/regiment/RoyalArk/royalark.htm

Date: 3 September 1901.

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Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London.

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Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.

Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.

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References:

Biog: (1) Who's Who; The World, "Celebrities at Home", No. 1579, 30 September 1908; Pauline Rohatgi, Portraits in the India Office Library and Records, London, 1893, p 277; Sunity Devee, Maharani of Cooch Behar, The Autobiography of an Indian Princess, London, 1921; John Lord, The Maharajahs, London, 1972, p 149; Gayatri Devi and Santha Rama Rau, A Princess Remembers: The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur, London, 1984; Maharajah of Baroda, The Palaces of India, London, 1980. (2) The World, ibid; Sunity Devee, op cit; Gayatri Devi and Santha Rama Rau, op cit; Maharajah of Baroda, op cit. (3) Who's Who In India, Lucknow, 1911, part VII, pp 1-3; The World, ibid; The Times, 28 November 1911, p 11a; Sunity Devee, op cit; Gayatri Devi and Santha Rama Rau, op cit; (4) The World, ibid; Sunity Devee, op cit; Gayatri Devi and Santha Rama Rau, op cit; Maharajah of Baroda, op cit.

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Acknowledgements: Biographical information provided by Christopher J Buyers , The Royal Ark http://www.dreamwater.net/regiment/RoyalArk/royalark.htm