Realm of the Royals

Mighty empires of the past

What stands out in a study of India’s royalty is not all the fabulous wealth, extravagant lifestyles or legendary eccentricities. It’s the humanity. The delusions of grandeur, the hunger for validation, the aching paranoia. But also, the passion for poetry. The great love for animals. The steadfast loyalties. They were by no means perfect, our kings and queens. But in their yearning for immortality, they perfectly preserved the spirit of an era.

Say Cheese, Your Majesty

It was love at first click for India’s royalty and the 19th century’s most exciting new art form: photography

Babies of the Empire

They're powerful, wealthy and just out of the nursery. Meet the princes, scions and other young worthies of India's erstwhile ruling classes