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Thursday, July 29, 1999 Published at 13:38 GMT 14:38 UK


World: Europe

First British Sikh commemorated


The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, has unveiled a statue to Britain's first Sikh settler, Maharajah Duleep Singh, the last ruler of the Sikh kingdom of Punjab.

The bronze statue depicts the Maharajah on a horse.

It cost one-hundred-and-sixty thousand dollars, ending a six-year campaign to commemorate him.

The Maharajah was dethroned in 1849 after Britain annexed the country. He became a friend of Queen Victoria, who was godmother to several of his children, and gave the famous Koh-i-noor diamond -- which is the centrepiece of the Queen Mother's state crown -- to Britain.

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