Risaldar Nadir Khan

In 1897 the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria was celebrated in London with a parade which included a Guard of Honour made up of officers from all the Indian cavalry regiments. The 9th Bengal Lancers was represented by Risaldar Nadir Khan whose photo appeared in the Navy and Army Illustrated 10th December 1897. He was promoted to Risaldar in 1894.

This painting by Rudolf Swoboda, court painter to Queen Victoria, shows him in his blue kurta with white collar and gold lace. The steel shoulder chains have silver rank stars with gilt centres. There is also a brass shoulder title below the stars. His medals include the Khedive's Star, the Egypt medal with blue and white striped ribbon, and a smaller medal with a blue and white ribbon which was issued to those who took part in the Diamond Jubilee parade. The turban is blue with a striped section of gold, blue and white, with a gold kullah showing on top.

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