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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
He captained the Bengal Cricket XI.
- 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
(ribbon bar, as it would look today, incomplete)
- King George V Silver Jubilee Medal – 1935
- King George VI Coronation Medal – 1937
- 1939–1945 Star – 1945
- Burma Star – 1945
- Africa Star – 1945
- Pacific Star – 1945
- War Medal 1939–1945 – 1945
- India Service Medal – 1945
- Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (KCIE) – 1947
- Indian Independence Medal – 1947
- Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal – 1953
Maharaja Jitendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur
|Maharaja of Cooch Behar
Maharaja Virajendra Narayan
Links and References
- "Cooch Behar’s blonde queen – From the London swish set to the empty royal palace". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph India. 2007-01-08.
- "End of an era...". Bengal Post. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
- "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.
- "Model became an Indian princess". Sydney Morning Herald. 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2014-07-30.