Indian royals spent money lavishly as a matter of pride and to get every little thing they desire. After all that’s what being a royal is all about! The king-size lifestyle entails everything from spending millions of money on jewels and gems to mere dogs. Consider reading about some bizarre ways Indian royals spend their money.
Maharaja Jay Singh of Alwar
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There’s a story about Maharaja Jay Singh going to the Rolls Royce showroom in London, where he was mistaken to be a poor Indian by the salesman present. Naturally the Maharaja was refused to see the cars. Infuriated Maharaja made a second visit to the showroom and purchased ten cars out of anger. But the real twist to the tale is that these cars he then employed as transport vehicles to carry waste.
Mir Usman Ali Khan
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The last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Usman Ali Khan owned a diamond as big as an ostrich’s egg that he used as a normal paper weight. This diamond is the fifth largest diamond in the world that weighs around 184.97 carats, values more than₤5million and is presently in the custody of the Government of India.
Maharaja of Gwalior
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Maharaja of Gwalior treated his guests in a most luxurious manner. He had a model train of pure silver that he used at his royal banquets to circulate liquor and cigars to the guests seated on the dining table. He displayed this model train at almost every royal banquet.
Maharaja SawaiMadho Singh II
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MaharajaSwai once ordered one of the craftsmen of Jaipur to make two big sterling silver vessels in which he wished to carry Ganga Jal to England. The vessels were made after melting as many as 14,000 silver coins. This vessel has found its rightful place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Royal family of Udaipur
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The royal Udaipur family was fond of crystals and would spend any amount just to have several crystals adorning every nook and cranny of their huge palace. Right from the thrones and chairs to tables and fans (and almost everything else) in the palace was studded with precious crystals of all types.
Maharani Indira Devi
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Maharani was so fond of shoes that she ordered more than a hundred pairs of shoes from the most popular and expensive shoe designers of the twentieth century, the great Salvatore Ferragamo. These shoes were studded with the most precious diamonds.
These instances show how the royal kings and queens were not only known for their grand lifestyle, but also the quirkiness and eccentricity with which they spent money.