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History of Kapurthala

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Maharaja A Popular Host

During the exceptionally long period of 67 years that the Maharaja had been reigning, Kapurthala had been honoured from time to time by visits from members of the British Royal Family and others of exalted rank. His Royal Highness Prince Victor of Wales paid a visit to Kapurthala in 1890, when the Maharaja was a minor. The Marquis of Dufferin and Ava was the first Viceroy and Governor-General of India to visit Kapurthala in 1886, but from Lord Hardinge down to the Marquis of Linlithgow, His Highness had rejoiced to welcome every succeeding Viceroy, all of whom had gladly continued unbroken the chain of Vice regal visits.

The Maharaja was one of the twelve Ruling Princes of India whose State was visited by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in the course of his Indian tour in 1921-22. At the State Banquet at Kapurthala the Heir to the British throne congratulated the Maharaja on the ready help afforded by the State in the last Great War.

Almost every important Ruling Prince of India had been received by His Highness in his capital and entertained lavishly. In many cases this hospitality had been extended to three generations of the same Ruling House who were all intimate friends of His Highness, to mention specially Their Highnesses the Maharajas of Kashmir and Patiala. His Highness had been cordially entertained in their States by the late Nizam and twice by His Exalted Highness the present Nizam and by the late Maharajas of Baroda, Mysore and Gwalior.

On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of his reign in 1927 which was solemnized with great éclat, in addition to Their Excellencies the Viceroy, the Commander-in-Chief and the Governor of the Punjab, a galaxy of the most eminent Ruling Princes of India, over twelve in number, participated in the celebrations at Kapurthala. The world famous Monsieur Clemenceau "le tigre" visited Kapurthala after the Great War, and General Gaouraud, Military Governor of Paris, a veteran of undying fame came to Kapurthala in 1928. King George of Greece who was a personal friend of the Maharaja visited Kapurthala in 1935 and stayed for a few days.

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