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Not everybody is born with a silver spoon but the one’s who do,get something more than just royalty as god’s gift. They getimmortality. The fact that they will be remembered in folk tales andbooks, even decades after they are gone. And that’s not just becauseof their grand monuments or their king-size lifestyle. It’s also becauseof their eccentricity and quirkiness, a great example ofwhich are these crazy facts
1. Krishna Raja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore, had ordereda customized Rolls Royce to shield his servants from the sun.Crafted in 1911, the car recently went under the hammer in August 2011and fetched over ₤400,000. At the time of his death in 1940, the maharajawas one of the world's wealthiest men and was valued at nearly ₤35billion.2. Nawab of Junagarh was said to have owned 800 dogs,each with its individual human attendant.And that's not all! When two of his favorite dogs mated, he issaid to have spent nearly Rs. 20-30 lakhs in “wedding” celebrations,and also went on to proclaim the day as a state holiday.3. The last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Usman Ali Khan used the"Jacob Diamond", the fifth largest diamond in the world asa humble paper weight!The diamond is of the size of an ostrich egg, weighs 184.97 carats, isvalued at over ₤5million and is currently owned by the Government of India.4. King Jai Singh of Alwar had ordered a fleet ofRolls Royce only to use them as cleaning cars fortransporting the city's waste.It is said that the king was insulted by a Rolls Royce salesmanon his visit to London because of which he decided to buy anduse the luxury cars as garbage trucks! That's one hell of a wayto prove a point. And, of course, he did stop the ordeal butonly after Rolls Royce tendered an official apology.5. The Udaipur family was so fascinated with crystals thatthe chairs, thrones, tables and even the fans of their palace were studded with it .
6. In 1926, Cartier received a trunk full of precious stones andjewelry belonging to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala,who wanted them to be remounted in Parisian style.The creation that emerged is the world famous Patiala necklacethat still remains one of the grandest pieces of jewelry evermade by Cartier, perhaps even by any other jewelry brand.7. The gate of the Lalbagh Palace in Indore was craftedin London and then was shipped all the way to Indore!8. The first president of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad enteredthe Rashtrapati Bhawan on the silver chariotowned by the Maharaja of Patiala.9. The luxury mega-brand, Louis Vuitton, always took pridein crafting something unique for Jagatjit Singh,the Maharaja of Kapurthala.An avid traveller, Jagjit Singh owned over 60 largeLouis Vuitton trunks that would hold his clothes, paraphernalia,swords, turbans, suits, shoes and elaborate traditional dresses.10. The American consulate in South Bombay wasearlier the property of Maharaja Amar Sinh Zala of Wankaner.Spread over 10,000 square yards, the Wankaner House, was builtin the 1930s. It was sold for Rs. 18 crores ($ 4 million) in 1957to the American government as the royal family was not able tomaintain such a big property and there was huge tax due.Another property, Amar Building on Firozsha Mehta Road in Bombay,also belonged to the Wanaker royals. It was sold for Rs. 19 crores ($ 4.2 million)to the Government of India and now houses the foreign exchangedepartment of the Reserve Bank Of India.11. Cooch Behar's Maharani Indira Devi had ordered100 pairs of shoes, some diamond studded, from Italianshoemaker SalvatoreFerragamo, one of the most famousdesigners of the 20th century.12. Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II had ordered the craftsman ofJaipur to create two huge sterling silver vessels so that he couldcarry Ganga Jal along with him on his trip to England.The vessels were made from 14,000 melted silver coins withoutsoldering and are officially recorded by the Guinness Book ofWorld Records as the world's largest sterling silver vessels.Those were the days when the Indian royalty was at its peak.
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