Sophia’s grandfather was the mighty Ranjit Singh, ruler of the North of India from 1801 to 1839. Known simply as Sher-e-Punjab or Lion of Punjab, his realm stretched from the lush green Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass. Punjab enjoyed unprecedented peace and prosperity under Ranjit Singh.
After his death, Sophia’s father Maharaja Duleep Singh, initially ruled the kingdom even though he was just a boy. He was forced to give it up to the British and was subsequently exiled to England. He later married and set up home in Elveden, a large country estate on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk. A statue of him stands on Butten Island in the centre of Thetford.
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