Svasti Shri Rajadhiraja Umaid Singhji II Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Shahpura. b. 7th March 1876, educ. Mayo College., Ajmer. Chief Minister of Shahpura 1912-1932. Succeeded on the death of his father, 24th June 1932 (recognised by the GOI 10th July 1932). Ascended the gadi, 27th June 1932. Abdicated in favour of his eldest son, 3rd February 1947. Received the Silver Durbar Medal (1911), Silver Jubilee Medal (1935) and Coronation Medal (1937).
Married (firstly) a sister of Raja Shri Jai Singhji Sahib, Raja of Khetri (Jaipur State) (she d. at Shahpura from phthisis, 8th August 1913). Married (secondly) at Kishengarh, December 1914, a daughter of Raja Shri Samvat Singhji Sahib, Raja of Ralaota (Kishengarh State). He had issue an only daughter by his first wife and one son and two daughters by the second.
Image published in The Lafayette Studio
Occasion: Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
Descr: TQL standing.
Jewellery: large diamond, pearl and possibly emerald sarpech, diamond ear jewels, chokers of large cabochon stones, a pearl and diamond necklace with emerald drops, possibly gold and diamond articulated bracelets, a gold and diamond ring, and jewelled watch chain and buckle.
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.
Photographer: The firm of J. Lafayette, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.
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No of poses: 1
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Biog: The Times, 7 June 1911, p 7b; Memoranda on the Indian States 1940, Government of India Press, New Delhi, 1940, p 278.
The Illustrated London News, 10 July 1897, p 46 with the caption:
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