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History of Kapurthala

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Maharaja's Intimate Friends

Among His Highness’ most intimate and esteemed friends for whom he had always retained feeling of attachment may be mentioned His late Royal highness the duke of Connaught whom he first met in 1885 at the Rawalpindi Darbar on the visit of the late Amir Abdul Rehman of Afghanistan the late Lord Hardinge of Penshurt, who besides visiting Kapurthala during his Viceroyalty came again in 1931 during his short sojourn in India; the Earl and Countess of Halifax; the late Marquis of Willingdon and Marchioness of Willingdon , and the Marquis and Marchioness of Linlithgow. Field Marshal Lord Birdwood is one of his oldest and valued friends and the Veteran General Sir Ian Hamilton has known His Highness intimately since 1890 when he was present at Kapurthala at his investiture. In this list may also be included Sir Henery Craik who is a dear old friend of over 40 years.

The Maharaja had a close friendship with Nizam of Hyderabad, Maharaja Kashmir, Maharaja Patiala, Maharaja Baroda, Maharaja Gwalior and Maharaja Mysore.

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