Remembering the last Sikh MaharajahDate: Sunday, 15 November, 2009
A graveside ceremony to honour Maharajah Duleep Singh, The Last Maharajah of the Sikhs, was held at Elveden Churchyard in late October.
The Maharajah had spent many years living the life of a country gentleman in the nearby Elveden Hall but, the heir to the vast and rich Sikh kingdom created by his father Maharajah Ranjit Singh, died penniless and alone in a hotel in Paris, on October 23rd 1893. He was buried at the churchyard alongside his wife and son.
Members from the Sikh Community and representatives from Thetford including the Mayor attended the intimate ceremony and laid flowers in memory of Maharajah Duleep Singh.
'..Duleep Singh was the first Sikh Settler in this country which is why it is important to remember him' Councillor Pam Spencer, Mayor of Thetford