Princess of Jaipur
Princess Diya Kumari, born into the illustrious royal family of Jaipur, is today a hard-working businesswoman and manager, besides being a devoted mother and generous hostess. In her leading role in the City Palace, she bears with skill and determination, responsibilities that are not the traditional lot for a princess. She has been described by the journalist Nona Walia as 'a CEO or businesswoman and a hands-on princess who has great energy to get things done'.
She was born on 30th January, the only child of H.H. Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh and H.H. Maharani Padmini Devi of Jaipur. In the year of her birth, her father, then a Lt-Col in the Indian army and the commanding officer of 10 Para Commando, served with distinction in the Indo-Pakistan war that led to the formation of Bangladesh. But shortly after that her father suspended his army career to concentrate on the administration of the City Palace and its museum and to promote tourism in Jaipur. So the young Princess Diya grew up seeing how a once opulent palace, a royal abode, could become efficiently managed and given new purposes with the general public in mind. That was the role that she was to inherit in the future. She studied at the Modern School, New Delhi, and at Maharani Gayatri Devi School for Girls in Jaipur, and later did a decorative arts course in London.