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English Heritage Plaque to Maharajah Duleep SinghDate: Monday, 18 July, 2005



There must be very few, if any parts of London which do not have any buildings which bear the now iconic "English Heritage" blue plaques. These 800 or so plaques are a lasting testament to the association with the city of great figures of the past and the buildings which they inhabited. A new addition to these plaques is dedicated to the last ruler of the Sikh kingdom Maharaja Duleep Singh.

One of the most moving obituaries to Maharaja Duleep Singh contrasted his lonely and tragic death with the royal proclamation of his birth, and the pomp and splendour of the celebrations in Lahore, which marked the arrival of a child destined to be an heir to the Sikh kingdom.

The subtle change to the exterior of an otherwise anonymous building in leafy Holland Park, goes far in reviving the memory of this one individual, whose life more than that of any other person personifies the highs and lows, the triumphs and defeats, the adventure and heroism of the legacy which the historical encounter of these two nations has left.

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