Princess Sophia Duleep Singh: Princess-debutante turned revolutionary

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If you missed BBC One’s terrific piece on the life of Sikh princess and suffragette Sophia Duleep Singh last week, there are still 24 days to catch it on Iplayer here. Brought up in the magical surroundings of Elveden Hall in Suffolk, after her parent’s deaths Sophia took up residence in a Hampton Court Palace apartment granted to her by her godmother Queen Victoria. Initially feted as debutante and socialite in London society, a visit to India and introduction to her grandfather – Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s – legacy returned her to Britain as a revolutionary, who went on to her position and privilege to agitate for British women’s right to vote. It’s a beautifully told story by journalist and author Anita Anand, and thirty minutes seriously well spent.

 

Posted: 27 November 2015

Photo: BBC

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