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List of honorary knighthoods in India

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Before the Republic of India was established on 26 January 1950, all Indian subjects of the princely states and Indian rulers were entitled to substantive knighthoods (the Order of the Star of India and the Order of the Indian Empire). Those Indian rulers who received other British orders of knighthood were only considered honorary members of those orders.

Contents

The following is a partial list of honorary British knighthoods as given to Indian rulers and members of the ruling families up to 1947 (the Orders of the Star of India and the Indian Empire are considered substantive). Rulers of states that are presently part of Pakistan are included in this article.

The order moves from the most prestigious states (21-guns) to least prestigious (9-guns):

21-gun salute

Hyderabad

  • Mir Mahbub Ali Khan - GCB (1902)
  • Asaf Jah VII - GBE (1917)
  • Azam Jah - GBE (1943)
  • Mysore

  • Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV - GBE (1917)
  • Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar - GCB (1946)
  • Jammu and Kashmir

  • Ram Singh - KCB (1895)
  • Partab Singh of Kashmir - GBE (1918)
  • Hari Singh - GCVO (1946), KCVO (1922)
  • Gwalior

  • Jayajirao Scindia - GCB (1877)
  • Madho Rao Scindia - GCVO (1902), GBE (1917)
  • 19-gun salute

    Bhopal

  • Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan Begum - GBE (1917)
  • Kolhapur

  • Shahu IV - GCVO (1903)
  • 17-gun salute

    Kotah

  • Umed Singhji II - GBE (1918)
  • Bahawalpur (now Pakistan)

  • Sadeq Mohammad Khan V - KCVO (1922)
  • Bikaner

  • Ganga Singh - GCVO(1919), GBE (1921), KCB (1918)
  • Cutch

  • Vijayaraji - GBE (1945)
  • Jodhpur

  • Sumair Singh - KBE (1918)
  • Umaid Singh - KCVO (1922)
  • Patiala

  • Bhupinder Singh - GCVO (1922), GBE (1918)
  • Yadavindra Singh - GBE (1942)
  • 15-gun salute

    Dholpur

  • Udaybhanu Singh - KCVO (1922)
  • Dhar

  • Udajirao II - KCVO (1922), KBE (1917)
  • Idar

  • Pratap Singh of Idar - GCB (1918), KCB (1901), GCVO (1911)
  • Rampur

  • Hamid Ali Khan Bahadur - GCVO (1911)
  • Swat (now part of Pakistan)

  • Abdul Wadud - KBE (1930)
  • 13-gun salute

    Kapurthala

  • Jagatjit Singh Bahadur - GBE (1927)
  • Nawanagar

  • K.S. Ranjitsinhji - GBE (1919)
  • Ratlam

  • Sajjan Singh - KCVO (1922)
  • Jaora

  • Muhammad Ifthikar Ali Khan Bahadur - GBE (1937)
  • Palanpur

  • Taley Muhammad Khan Bahadur - KCVO (1922)
  • Rajpipla

  • Vijaysinhji Chhatrasinhji - GBE (1945)
  • Tripura

  • Bir Bikram Kishore - GBE (1946)
  • 11-gun salute

    Assam

    Hiralal Phukan -1917(A.D.)

    Received Order of British India First Class in Delhi Durban.

    Narendra Nath Phukan -1941

    For fighting courageous in the Second World War. And, also received the Indian Recruiting Badge.

    Morvi

  • Lakhdhiraji Waghji - GBE (1939)
  • Narsingarh

  • Jodhpuriji Shri Huzur Rani Bapu Shiv Kanwarji Sahiba, Rani of Narsingarh - DBE (1924)
  • The Aga Khan

    As a religious head, the Aga Khan is not a monarch per se, but until 1947 merited a 13-gun salute

  • Aga Khan III-GCMG, GCVO
  • Aga Khan IV-KBE (2003)
  • Political Pensioners

    Those ruling families had lost ruling rights by the 20th century.

    Murshidabad (entitled to a 19-gun personal salute)

  • Nawab Sayyid Wasif Ali Mirza Khan-KCVO (1912)
  • References

    List of honorary knighthoods in India Wikipedia


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