Umed Singh II

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Umed Singh II (15 September 1873 – 27 December 1940) was a ruling Maharaja of Kotah from 1889 to 1940. The great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Kishore Singh, a Raja of Kota, Sir Umed Singhji was adopted at a young age by Shatru Sal II the then Maharaja of the state. Following his death in 1889, Umed Singhji (Udai Singh, as he was then named) embarked on a long and distinguished career as a soldier and statesman, being educated at Mayo College in Ajmer.

Although never appointed to any official post within the British Raj, Sir Umed served as an advisor to leading government officials, and was much sought after for his advice. He sent his troops to fight in both the First World War and the Second World War.[1]

Rolls-Royce[edit]

In 2011, his 1925 Phantom I Rolls-Royce, customised with mounted guns and searchlights for tiger hunting, came up for auction in the US. The auto is expected to sell for up to $1.6 million.[2]

Death[edit]

He died in 1940, aged 67, after a reign of 52 years, and was succeeded by his son, Bhim Singhji II.

Titles[edit]

  • 1873-1889: Kunwar Sri Umaid Singh
  • 1889-1900: His Highness Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Umed Singh II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah
  • 1900-1903: His Highness Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Sir Umed Singh II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah, KCSI
  • 1903-1907: Major His Highness Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Sir Umed Singh II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah, KCSI
  • 1907-1911: Major His Highness Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Sir Umed Singh II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah, GCIE, KCSI
  • 1911-1915: Major His Highness Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Sir Umed Singh II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah, GCSI, GCIE
  • 1915-1918: Lieutenant-Colonel His Highness Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Sir Umed Singh II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah, GCSI, GCIE
  • 1918-1939: Lieutenant-Colonel His Highness Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Sir Umed Singh II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah, GCSI, GCIE, GBE
  • 1939-1940: Colonel His Highness Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Mahimahendra Maharao Raja Shri Sir Umed Singh II Sahib Bahadur, Maharao Raja of Kotah, GCSI, GCIE, GBE

Honours[edit]

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Umed Singh II
Born: 15 September 1873 Died: 27 December 1940
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Shatru Sal II
(as Maharaja of Kotah)
Maharaja of Kotah
1889-1940
Succeeded by
Bhim Singh II