The marriage of the Maharajah of Kapurthala, in 1908, was the consummation of a striking romance of real life. The Maharani was Anita Delgade, the daughter of a cafe-keeper of Malaga. It was in the Southern Spanish seaport town that Anita and her sister Victoria grew up, both of them remarkably beautiful girls. Ultimately the Delgades removed to Madrid, and Anita and her sister, in 1906, obtained an engagement at the Kursaal, where the Maharajah first saw them when visiting the Spanish capital for the purpose of attending the marriage of King Alfonso and his English bride. The Maharajah immediately fell in love with Anita, and two years later placed her on the throne of Kapurthala, one of the North-west Punjab States. The wedding took place in January, 1908, at Kapurthala, and was celebrated in accordance with the orthodox Sikh rites. The Maharajah is one of the handsomest as well as one of the richest Indian princes.
The Maharani of Kapurthala Bourne & Shepherd