Sitters: Morvi, HH Maharaja Shri Sir Lukhdirji Bahadur (1876-1957) & Morvi, Yuvraj Shri Mahendrasinhji (b. 1918), later Maharaja. [see below]
Biog: H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Sir Lakhdhiraji Waghji alias Jilubha Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Morvi, GBE (c 8.6.1939), KCSI (1.1.1930), b. 26th December 1876, eldest son of H.H. Thakore Shri Sir Waghji Rawalji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Morvi, GCIE by his first wife, H.H. Palitanawala Raniji Ba Shri Bajirajba Kunverba Sahib, daughter of Thakore Shri Pratapsinhji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Palitana. Educ. in England. Succeeded on the death of his father and ascended the gadi, 11th June 1922. Installed 20th January 1923. Granted the hereditary title of ‘Maharaja’, 3rd June 1926. Rcvd. Silver Jubilee Medal (1935) and Coronation Medal (1937).
Abdicated in favour of his eldest son, 1948.
H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Mahendrasinhji Lakhdhiraji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Morvi. b. 1st January 1918, fifth son of H.H. Maharaja Thakore Shri Sir Lakhdhiraji Waghji alias Jilubha Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Morvi, GBE, KCSI, by his third wife, H.H. Sarvaijawala Maharani Bai Sahiba, daughter of Sarvaji Bawaji Ranaji, Talukdar of Ranigamand Datha. Educ. Rajkumar Coll.,. Rajkot, Bradfield, England, and St Mary’s Sch., Bombay. MSC 1938-1948 (Joint Presdt 1939-1940, Presdt 1940–1948). Succeeded on the abdication of his father, 1948. Merged his state into the Kathiawar Union, 22nd January 1948.
Married at the Fort, Rajpipla, 27th January 1932, H.H. Rajpiplawala Maharani Bai Shri Mohini Devi Sahiba (b. at Nanod, d. 1993), third daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel H.H. Maharana Shri Sir Vijayasinhji Chhatrasinhji, Maharaja of Rajpipla, GBE, KCSI, by his first wife, H.H. Maharani Baiji Shri Udaya Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of Maharaj Shri Raghunath Singh, of Amleta (Ratlam State). He d. at Buckhurst Park, Ascot, Berks, 17th August 1957.
Date: (18 May 1933).
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 160 New Bond Street, London.
Orders, Decorations & Medals: (Maharaja) Star & badge of a Knight Commander of The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India.
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Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 160 New Bond Street, London.
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Biog: The Times, 7 May 1957, p 13 , (Maharaja) WW.
Orders, Decorations & Medals: (K.C.S.I.) A.R. Litherland & B.T. Simpkin, Spink's Standard Catalogue of British Orders, Decorations & Medals, London, 1990, p 36.
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Acknowledgements: (Medals) David Bownes; (Biography) Christopher Buyers
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