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1947 - 1952 Group Captain H.H. Raj Rajeshwar Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Hindustan Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri Hanwant Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Jodhpur. b. at Jodhpur, 16th June 1923, eldest son of Lieutenant-General H.H. Raj Rajeshwar Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Hindustan Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri Umaid Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Jodhpur, GCSI, GCIE, KCVO, KStJ, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Shri Badan Kanwar Baiji Sahiba, educ. Mayo and Govt Colls, Ajmer, and ICS Probationers’ Camp, Dehra Dun. Served under his father as Mbr Council of Ministers in charge of the Education, Public Works, Customs, Electrical, Aerodrome and Development departments. Succeeded on the death of his father, 9th June 1947. Installed on the gadi at the Sringar Chowki, Mehrangarh, Jodhpur, 21st June 1947. Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, 11th August 1947. Consented to a covenant creating the Greater Rajasthan union on 10th March 1949, by which his state merged with that union effective 6th April 1949, and served as Up-Rajpramukh of the state from 7th April 1949 to 26th June 1952. He ceased enjoying sovereign powers on the acceptance of the Constitution of the Union of India by Rajasthan, 26th November 1950. MP (Lok Sabha) 1952. Hon Group Capt RIAF. Patron-in-Chief Sardar Club (Jodhpur), Umed Club (Jodhpur) and Jodhpur Flying Club 1947-1952. Rcvd: Raj Tilak (1947), and Indian Independence (1948) medals, Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal (25.3.1948). m. (first) at Dhrangadhra, 14th February 1943, H.H. Shri Jhaliji Maharani Shri Krishna Kunwarba Maji Sahiba (b. at Dhrangadhra, 10th February 1926), MP (Lok Sabha) 1971-1977, daughter H.H. Shri Shaktimant Jhaladipati Mahamandleshwar Maharana Sriraj Sir Ghanshyamsinjhi Ajitsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra, GCIE, KCSI, by his third wife, H.H. Kotdawala Maharani Ba Shri Rajni Anand Kunverba Sahiba, eldest daughter of Meherban Dostan Thakore Shri Mulvaji Singhji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Kotda-Sangani. m. (second) at Bombay, 14th September 1948 (div. at Bombay, ca. 20th February 1950) Sandra MacBryde (b. in India, 1928; d. in England, 1990), assumed the name of Shanta Devi on her marriage, shortly afterwards converted according to Arya Samaj rites and granted the name and title of Maharani Shri Sundara Devi Sahiba with the style of Her Highness, a former nurse at the Bara Hindurao Hospital in Delhi, who emigrated to the UK and resumed practice after her divorce, sister of Dennis MacBryde, commercial traveller of Stoke-on-Trent and Derryck Edmund MacBryde of Rawalpindi, and daughter of a former railway employee from Devlati, in Bombay. m. (a) (morganatic) at Bombay, 17th December 1950, Vidyarani Sita Devi [Vidhya Raiji Sahiba] (b. at Bombay, 1926; k. with her husband in an aireplane accident at Godwar, 26th January 1952), converted according to Arya Samaj rites at her marriage, née Zubeida Banu, a former Muslim actress, natural daughter of Shri Kasembhai Mehta, a Bohra Muslim businessman, by Faizabai, a renowned singer. He was k. in an airplane accident at Godwar, 26th January 1952 (cremated at Jaswant Thara, Mehrangarh, Jodhpur), having had issue, one son and two daughters:
Maharaja Shri Hanwant Singhji Sahib, also had issue by his morganatic wife, Vidyarani:
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1952  H.H. Raj Rajeshwar Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Hindustan Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri Gaj Singhji II Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Jodhpur. b. at Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur, 13th January 1948, eldest son of Group Captain H.H. Raj Rajeshwar Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Hindustan Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri Hanwant Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Jodhpur, by his first wife, H.H. Shri Jhaleji Maharani Shri Krishna Kunwarba Baiji Sahiba, educ. Cothill House Preparatory Sch, Oxford, Eton Coll, Windsor, Berkshire, and Christ Church, Oxford (BA 1970, MA). Succeeded on the death of his father, 26th January 1952. Installed on the gadi at the Sringar Chowki, Mehrangarh, Jodhpur, 12th May 1952. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a “ruler” and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. High Cmsnr to Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean States, and Cmsnr for Montserrat, the Turks and Caicos Is, Cayman Is, and the British Virgin Is 1978-1980, MP (Rajya Sabha) 1990-1992. Presdt Rajasthan Tourism Dvpt Corp 1994-1998, Indian Heritage Hotels Assoc of India, and Jodhpur Nagrik Soc (Jodhana). Managing Trustee Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls’ Public Sch (Jodhpur), Rajmata Krishnakumari Girls’ Hostel (Desuri), Rajdadji Hospital, Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Veerni & Sahyog Projects, and Jal Bhagirathi Fndn. Patron-in-Chief The Sandipani Trust, Sardar Club (Jodhpur), and Umed Club (Jodhpur) since 1952. Chief Patron of Chopasni Sch, Chopasni Shiksha Samiti (Presdt 1981-1985), Hanwant Educational Soc, BJS Educational Soc, and Marwar Rajput Sabha. Patron Mayo Coll General Council. Convenor Indian National Trust for Art, Culture & Heritage (INTACH)-Rajasthan Chapter. Fellow Paul Harris Rotary International. Ambassador Fed for International Polo. Mbr Indian National Cttee of United World Colleges, Brd of Governors of Aravali Inst of Management, and National Tourism Advisory Council. Chair & MD Marudhar Hotels Pvt Ltd. Chair Maharaja Heritage Resorts Ltd, and Mayur Travels (Rajasthan) Pvt Ltd. Dir Jodhana Medical & Research Center Ltd, Shankar Packaging Ltd, Dabur India Ltd, Alliance Capital-India Liberalization Fund, Fortune Park Hotels Ltd, etc. Rcvd: Sri Saktimat Makhapraphulla Order of Jhalavad 1st class of Dhrangadhra-Halvad. m. at Dehra Dun, 19th February 1973, H.H. Maharani Hemlata Rajiye Sahiba (b. at Dehra Dun, 2nd May 1951), daughter of Raja-i-Rajgan Raja Shri Shiv Rattan Dev Singh Sahib Kalan Bahadur, Raja of Poonch, under Jammu and Kashmir, by his wife, H.R.H. Princess (Shri Shri Shri Shri Shri Adhirajkumari) Nalini Rajya Lakshmi Kumari Devi, eldest daughter of H.M. Svasti Shri Giriraja Chakra Chudamani Narayanetyadi Vividhavirudavali Virajamana Manonnata Projjwala Nepal Tara Mahadhipati Shriman Shri Shri Shri Shri Shri Maharajadhiraja Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Jang Bahadur Shah Bahadur Shum Shere Jang Devanam Sada Samaja Vijayinam, King of Nepal. He has issue, one son and one daughter:
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