British Age, March 29, 1849. Raja Duleep Singh of Punjab was young at that time. The 11-year-old king could not understand the enormous diplomatic significance of the document presented by the East India Company. The boy king of the Sikh kingdom was recently motherless. During the Anglo-Sikh War fierce fighting took place within his kingdom. However, due to his young age, he did not understand much of its harmful effects. The British documents said that Dalip Singh was handing over his kingdom, his title, his future to the British. Besides, handing over the Kohinoor diamond to the British.
The ‘Kohinoor’ jewel, wrested from Shah Shuja-ul-Mulk by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Finally, under Duleep Singh’s signature, the jewel passed from the Maharaja of Lahore to the Queen of England. Punjab became a British territory only after the signing of Dilip Singh’s document. The famous Kohinoor jewel became a British possession.
Not only that, the entire treasury of Lahore was looted by the British. Among them were many exquisitely designed jewels. Such as Ruby of Timur and Darya-e-Noor. Without the Kohinoor, known as the most beautiful diamond, the financial value of the Punjab Government treasury was a little less than a million pounds. But Kohinoor is different. Because, there were many stories and legacies associated with it. This gem was a favorite of British East India Company bosses. Governor General Lord Dalhousie detailed it in his personal diary.
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The company pleased Britain’s dynasty with this gem. And, the members of the royal family of Britain did not delay to understand the importance of this gem. The jewel was placed in the crown. At that time, Queen Victoria of Britain did not have any big diamond to match the Empress of France and Catherine the Great of Russia. So the Kohinoor diamond from Far East India made Queen Victoria very happy.
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