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Maharaja Bhupendra Singh of Patiala wearing his fourteen strand natural pearl necklace and royal jewels.

The Magnificent Maharajas of India

Maharaja Bhupendra Singh of Patiala wearing his fourteen strand natural pearl necklace and royal diamond necklace.

Udaipur has the world’s oldest unbroken ruling lineage, with the current Maharana (synonymous with Maharaja) of Udaipur being the 76th...

Udaipur has the world’s oldest unbroken ruling lineage, with the current Maharana (synonymous with Maharaja) of Udaipur being the in the line. With such a long history, there’s been a lot of time to build palaces and the enormous City Palace.

One of the highlights of the exhibition, "Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts" at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is its focus on the Raj - the colonial years when the Indian princes, deprived by the British of their absolute rule, could concentrate on the decorative things in life. Pictured here is the Maharaja of Patiala, wearing a diamond and platinum parade necklace created by #Cartier in 1928. #Maharaja

Maharaja of Patiala, wearing a diamond and platinum parade necklace created by Cartier in 1928

Moroccan Berber girl

beauty-of-africa: “ Moroccan woman dressed in traditional Berber clothes….north Africans are Africans too… ” pretty

864 - 1893 H.H. Raja Shrimant Sir Ranjit Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Ratlam *** By Rohit Sonkiya

Raja Shrimant Sir Ranjit Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Ratlam *** By Rohit Sonkiya

H.H. The Maharajah of Bhavnagar,,,,,,,,,,http://www.pinterest.com/pin/566398090608832079/

The Maharajah of Bhavnagar - I tried to go to the link to learn more about the photo (time period, ect.) but it is now defunct with the note that their restored images and vintage photos would be appearing in a book 😕