75th Anniversary of the triumph of Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla in the Epsom Derby


Maharana Sir Vijaysinhji (1890-1951), Maharaja of Rajpipla from 1915 till merger of the princely State with the Indian Union in 1948, is the only Indian owner ever to win the blue riband of the turf, the Epsom Derby of England, with his horse Windsor Lad, on 6th June 1934. To celebrate the platinum jubilee of this great triumph the erstwhile royal family of Rajpipla held functions on 6th and 7th June 2009 at Vijay Palace, Rajpipla.

Postmaster General, Vadodara Region, Arvind Kumar Joshi, released a Special Postal Cover to commemorate the occasion on 6th June. The Cover depicts the first three horses at the finish and a modified crest of Rajpipla State in the form of a cancellation stamp (postmark), a light image of Maharaja Vijaysinhji with Windsor Lad, and an inset showing the Maharaja leading his colt. The co-ordinator for designing and issue of this Special Postal Cover is philatelist Prashant Pandya. 

A film of the 1934 Derby was screened on 7th June. This classic film preserves the memorable event for posterity, showcasing the race in its entirety, the drama of the hot favourite Colombo being trounced, and Windsor Lad easily pipping Easton to the post. The royal family of Britain led by King George V and Queen Mary can be viewed along with an estimated half a million people at the Epsom Downs applauding Maharaja Vijaysinhji as he led in Windsor Lad after the victory, with the jubilant Charlie Smirke astride and the beaming trainer Marcus Marsh beside.


4 thoughts on “75th Anniversary of the triumph of Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla in the Epsom Derby

  1. I am trying to locate Prince Rasjih of Rajpipla..who lives in London and whom I met in the early eighties in France

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