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Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 1: Princess In Exile


19th February 1846:  The submission of the young Maharaja Duleep Singh to Sir Henry Hardinge, at the end of the 1st Sikh War.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
19th February 1846: The submission of the young Maharaja Duleep Singh to Sir Henry Hardinge, at the end of the 1st Sikh War. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A princess of the Sikh empire, Sophia Duleep Singh grew up in Great Britain, and was Queen Victoria's god daughter. But her childhood was not exactly a charmed one, and her family, caught between two worlds, experienced great upheaval and tragedy.

The submission of the young Maharaja Duleep Singh to Sir Henry Hardinge, at the end of the 1st Sikh War. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Inset: Princess Sophia Duleep Singh selling subscriptions for the Suffragette newspaper outside Hampton Court in London, April 1913. The British Library dates this image to 1910. Public domain.

Topics in this Podcast: women's suffrage, women's rights, British history, Great Britain, sad royal childhoods, Indian history, India, British Empire, Duleep Singh, Sophia Duleep Singh, princesses, biographies, royalty, women, 20th century, 19th century, Queen Victoria