Jagaddipendra Narayan

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Jagaddipendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, K.C.I.E (15 December 1915 – 11 April 1970) was Maharaja of Cooch-Behar, in India. He served in British forces during World War II and ceded full ruling powers to the Government of India in 1949.

Early life[edit]

He was born at Cooch Behar Palace as the eldest son of Maharaja Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, the Maharaja of Cooch-Behar, by his wife, Maharani Indira Devi Sahiba.

He was educated at St Cyprian's School Eastbourne, Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, and also at the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College, Dehradun. He became the Maharaja of Cooch Behar at the age of seven on the death of his father on 20 December 1922 and ascended the gadi, on 24 December 1922. He reigned under the Regency of his mother until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers on 6 April 1936.

Personal life[edit]

His first marriage took place privately at Cooch-Behar, 1949 to Nancy Valentine of New York, who was a former screen actress. A daughter was born but did not survive and the couple separated in 1952. His second marriage took place privately in London in 1956[1] to Georgina May Egan, who had been educated at Cambridge University. The marriage was made public in 1960, and his wife was recognised as Maharani together with the style of Her Highness in January 1960. Maharani Gina Narayan settled in Spain after 1980. She died there in 2013.[2][3][4]

Military career[edit]

He served with the British Army in World War II in North Africa, Assam, Burma, and South East Asia. He was present at the time of the Japanese surrender at Singapore in 1945. He was Chief Commandant Cooch-Behar Military forces from 1943 to 1949, and Colonel-in-Chief 1st Cooch-Behar Infantry and Rajendra Hazari Guards, Jaipur State Forces.

Political career[edit]

He was a Member of the Standing Committee of the Chamber of Princes (Narendra Mandal).

He signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India in August 1947 and ceded full ruling powers to the Government of India on 12 September 1949, overseeing the merger of his state with West Bengal on the, 1 January 1950.

He died in Calcutta and was succeeded by his nephew, Virajendra Narayan, whom he adopted as a son.

Cricket[edit]

He captained the Bengal Cricket XI.

Titles[edit]

  • 1915–1922: Maharajkumar Sri Jagatdipendra Narayan
  • 1922–1939: His Highness Sri Sri Maharaja Jagatdipendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar
  • 1939–1942: 2nd Lieutenant His Highness Sri Sri Maharaja Jagatdipendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar
  • 1942–1944: Lieutenant His Highness Sri Sri Maharaja Jagatdipendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar
  • 1944–1945: Captain His Highness Sri Sri Maharaja Jagatdipendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar
  • 1945–1946: Major His Highness Sri Sri Maharaja Jagatdipendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar
  • 1946–1947: Lieutenant-Colonel His Highness Sri Sri Maharaja Jagatdipendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Cooch Behar
  • 1947–1970: Colonel His Highness Sri Sri Maharaja Sir Jagatdipendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja] of Cooch Behar, KCIE

Honours[edit]

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Order of the Indian Empire Ribbon.svg India Service Medal BAR.svg 39-45 Star BAR.svg

Africa Star BAR.svg Pacific Star BAR.svg Burma Star BAR.svg War Medal 39-45 BAR.svg

Indian Independence medal 1947.svg GeorgeVSilverJubileum-ribbon.png GeorgeVICoronationRibbon.png UK Queen EII Coronation Medal ribbon.svg

Political offices
Preceded by
Maharaja Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur
Maharaja of Cooch Behar
1936–1950
Succeeded by
Maharaja Virajendra Narayan

See also[edit]

Links and References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cooch Behar’s blonde queen – From the London swish set to the empty royal palace". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph India. 2007-01-08. 
  2. ^ "End of an era...". Bengal Post. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  3. ^ "How Aurore Ankarcrona clicked with computer heir Edward Ogden: Couple to marry later this year". The Daily Mail. 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  4. ^ "Model became an Indian princess". Sydney Morning Herald. 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2014-07-30.