The grand in the grandeur: Here are the most stylish Queens of India

These women showed their power and hierarchy through their impeccable fashion choices.

India has a rich history and with that comes a rich cultural heritage as well. Known for its grand palaces and monuments, India has seen some iconic royal women all these years. Be it Jhansi ki Rani or Rani Padmini, the royalty was seen in not just their style of living but also the way they dressed themselves. Each Rani either had her own statement jewellery and clothes belonging to the native state, or wore traditional outfits which remain in fashion even now. Let’s take a look at some of the most stylish Queens of India…

  1. Rajmata Gayatri Devi – She is often known as the modern-day queen and was extremely elegant in her choice of saris and jewellery she adorned. A quick glance through her photographs, and you would see that she was all about the white saris and pearl necklaces. Despite being a royal, she did not believe in wearing heavy saris or jewellery.
  2. Maharani Suniti Devi of Cooch Behar – Heavily influenced by the Britishers, Maharani Suniti Devi too wore Victorian-style gowns which had lace bordering along with tiaras. She was all about high necklines and long gowns which influenced the style of several in the future.
  3. Rani Yashoda Devi of Patiala – A beautiful picture of her clicked in 1930 showed just how elegant yet gorgeous her sense of style was. Heavy jewellery which involved statement neckpieces and big earrings was her way of dressing up, which is copied by many now.
  4. Princess Niloufer of Hyderabad – No list of fashionable queens can be complete without this glamorous queen’s name coming up. Be it Indian looks or Western she has served them all with absolute grace and dignity. You can see pictures of her wearing gowns with diamonds and also saris with native jewellery.
  5. Sita Devi of Kapurthala – She is often known as Princess Karam, and she was not just an Indian icon but a global name. Vogue Magazine had even named her the latest “secular goddess” when she was only 19. Many don’t know this but thanks to her sequined gowns that became a huge fashion roar.
  6. Maharani Chimnabai of Baroda – Just like many of us, she too was a fan of brocade as well as silk saris. Emerald was her choice of jewellery to pair with any pink sari!

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