Indian princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh gets UK’s Royal Mail stamp
New Delhi: Indian princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh on Tuesday was honoured by the Royal Mail of the UK, which marked the centenary of the suffragette motion with eight particular stamps. Suffragettes have been members of girls’s organisations within the late-19th and early-20th centuries which advocated the extension of the ‘franchise’ or the appropriate to vote in public elections, to girls.
Princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh, (August eight 1876-August 22 1948), the daughter of Maharajah Duleep Singh, is the one lady, who has one among the many eight stamps to herself.
The picture reveals Princess Sophia “promoting copies of the WSPU newspaper The Suffragette in April 1913. A member of the Girls’s Tax Resistance League, (whose official motto was ‘No Taxation With out Illustration’), the princess appeared in courtroom on a number of events after refusing to pay taxes.”
The stamps function unique images of campaigning within the decade earlier than the appropriate to vote was handed with the 1918 Illustration of the Individuals Act.
In the course of the early twentieth century, Princess Sophia was one of many a number of South Asian girls who pioneered the reason for girls’s rights in Britain. Though she is greatest remembered for her main position within the Girls’s Tax Resistance League, she additionally participated in different girls’s suffrage teams, together with the Girls’s Social and Political Union.
Nonetheless, she was virtually forgotten for 70 years, till BBC journalist Anita Anand, reportedly, got here throughout the picture in , pursued the story of the “Asian lady” behind the image and wrote a e-book, Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary.
Princess Sophia’s father, Maharaja Duleep Singh, was taken from his kingdom of Punjab to the British Raj owing to political manoeuvring by Governor-Common Dalhousie in India, and was subsequently exiled to England.
Her mom was Maharani Bamba Muller, and her godmother was Queen Victoria. She lived in Hampton Court docket in an condo in Faraday Home given to her by Queen Victoria as a grace and favour.
The Norfolk Council, on its Twitter deal with, posted a message, talking concerning the honour given to Princess Sophia.
“Nice to see Princess Sophia Duleep Singh featured on the newest batch of @RoyalMailStamps, introduced in the present day. A distinguished Norfolk girls’s rights campaigner marked on the centenary of the Illustration of the Individuals Act 1918. Her household has hyperlinks to @AncientHouseMus #Vote100,” the tweet learn.
Daybreak Butler, UK’s first elected feminine African-Caribbean Authorities Minister, additionally took to her Twitter deal with to put up an image of hers with the Princess Sophia stamp and write alongside, “I used to be honoured to mark the centenary of some girls gaining the appropriate to vote with @RoyalMail of their issuing of particular stamps to mark the #100years. This stamp is of Sophia Duleep Singh, a distinguished Asian suffragette #TheNextSteps #Votes100”.