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Plaque unveiled marking Maharaja’s links to Gravesend

Plaque honoring Maharajah Duleep Singh

The last King of the Sikh Empire has been honoured in a Kent town which has a unique link to his story.

Maharaja Duleep Singh was deposed from his leadership by the British at a young age and sent into exile in Britain. He was even a friend of Queen Victoria’s during his time in England.

However, in 1886 Maharaja Duleep Singh attempted to sail from Gravesend in Kent to India in a bid to reclaim his homeland, but he was forced to return to Europe.

Singer Satinder Sartaaj with other guests

The guest of honour at the unveiling of a plaque in Gravesend was the Indian singer and actor Satinder Sartaaj, who played the Maharaja in ‘The Black Prince’, a film about the maharaja’s life.

n his report Derek Johnson speaks to the actor and singer Satinder Sartaaj; Peter Bance, a Sikh historian; and Diljeet Nota, a local resident.

See the video from ITV

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