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Suffragettes, Soldiers & ServantsDate: Friday, 22 September, 2006

Behind the scenes of the Hampton Court Palace Community 1750-1950

The history of the Suffragettes, who campaigned for women's right to vote in the early 20th Century, seldom tells us that their cause had a notable Sikh supporter: Princess Sophia, daughter of Maharajah Duleep Singh.

Living in Faraday House, close to Hampton Court Palace, the Sikh Princesses, Catherine, Sophia and Bamba, were close to the militant suffragette residents in the Palace. Sophia was an active member of the Suffragette movement and took part in the 10,000 strong ‘Women's War Work' procession led by the legendary Emmeline Pankhurst.

This new exhibition features photographs of the Princesses Catherine and Sophia Duleep Singh. Set in 17th Century apartments designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the exhibition also records the history of Sikh servicemen stationed at the Palace with rare video footage provided by the Imperial War Museum.

Hampton Court Palace, set in exquisite surroundings alongside the River Thames, is open Monday to Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm.

The Entrance fee of £12 per adult and £7.80 for children under 16 includes entrance to ‘Suffragettes, Soldiers and Servants'.

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