BEGAM HAZRAT MAHAL & BIRJIS QADR WITH HIS ATTENDANTS
December 31, 1856
Mirza Firuz Shah
Bahadur Shah II 1837–1857
Begam Hazrat Mahal
Hazrat Mahal, first wife of the deposed King of Oudh, was a lady of outstanding ability and played a leading role in the struggle for independence. She acted as Regent for her minor son, Birjis Qadr, whom she declared as the successor of his father. She actively participated in the defence of Lucknow and was often seen moving among her troops. When Oudh was reconquered by the English she sought asylum in Nepal and refused to renounce the claims of her son.
Birjis Qadr with his attendants
He was declared Wali of Lucknow and was formally crowned on 6 August 1857.