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The Royal Insignia
Famous Begams of Oudh

"The Begums of Oudh have left an abiding mark on Indian history. Two of the earliest of them, namely, Nawab Begum Sadr-un-nisa - the imperious daughter of one Nawab, wife of another and mother of a third - and Bahu Begum, the petted foster-child of an Emperor of Delhi, ended their days as the heroines of a tragic story. Towards the close of the dynasty came Padishah Begum, the spirited wife of Ghazi-ud-din Haider, and Hazrat Mahal, the Judith of the Sepoy Mutiny, the even more heroic consort of the still softer Wajid Ali Shah."

Sir Jadunath Sarkar

Nawab Begum

Wife of Safdar Jung - Prime Minister of India
Nawab Bahu Begum
d. 1815
Wife of Nawab-Vazier Shuja-ud-Daula
Badshah Begum
d.1846 in imprisonment in Fort Chunar, Mirzapur, India

Wife of King Ghazi-ud-din Haidar
King Maker & Queen
Begum Hazrat Mahal
d. 1879 in political asylum in Kahtmandu

Wife of King Wajid Ali Shah
The Heroine of 1857 in Oudh