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Jind Kaur (1817–1863), maharani and regent of Lahore, was born in 1817 in the village of Chhahar, Sialkot district, Punjab (now in Pakistan), the eldest child of the three daughters and two sons of Manna Singh Aulakh, a Sikh of the Jat...

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Lakshmi Bai [Lakshmibai], rani of Jhansi (1827/1828–1858), warrior queen in India, was born at Benares, India, probably in late 1827 or early 1828, the only child of Moropant Tambe and his wife, Bhagirathi Bai, a woman versed in Hindu mythology. Her father was an employee of ...

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Munni Begam (1723?–1813), consort of Mir Jafar Ali Khan, nawab of Bengal, was probably born in 1723, reputedly the daughter of 'a poor widow' from the village of Balkonda, near Sikandra in northern India (Torrington, 9.76). The widow gave her to a slave woman who took her to ...

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Victoria (1819–1901) by Heinrich von Angeli, 1875 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Victoria (1819–1901), queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and empress of India, was born on 24 May 1819 at Kensington Palace, London. She was the only legitimate child of the fourth son of King George III, Edward, duke of Kent...