Describing Rajamata Gayatri Devi of Jaipur as an "exquisitely beautiful princess", superstar Amitabh Bachchan said that her "grace and beauty" had left him awestruck.
Gayatri Devi, 90, died on Wednesday at the Jaipur-based Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital where she was admitted on Tuesday after complaining of breathing problems.
Remembering his student days in Delhi, the actor said he often used to sneak into the polo grounds to catch a glimpse of the legendary beauty, who featured in fashion bible Vogue's list of "World's 10 Most Beautiful Women".
"As a young student in the Delhi University I used to sneak into the Jaipur Polo ground... to watch some of the finest polo players of the country.
"The Maharaja of Jaipur, a great proponent of the game, would play there and accompanying him used to be his wife, the Rajmata Gayatri Devi, in her soft and pastel flowered chiffon's, a picture of grace and beauty," Bachchan wrote in his latest blog post from Singapore.
"Never in my born days had I ever imagined that one day I would get to meet this lady. But time and circumstances changed that," Bachchan added.
The actor said that it was his film career that gave him the chance to meet the royal, whom he recalled as gracious host.
"Some years ago she had invited me to be the chief guest at a charity she promoted for the under privileged and cannot forget what a gracious host she was that evening.
"On another occasion she called me over for a private lunch at her Lily Pond residence, serving me personally with delicious vegetarian delicacies which she had so considerately asked her kitchen to prepare," Bachchan wrote.
The actor said that he had sent a personal note and flowers to Gayatri Devi just days before her death, which was acknowledged by her son with a note.
"...Her son had acknowledged my letter and informed us that she was very pleased to have received my concern and wishes," Bachchan wrote about his last communication with the royal.
"At 90 she is no more. This exquisitely beautiful Princess from Cooch Behar, the erstwhile kingly state in the region of now West Bengal, one of the most beautiful women in the world, gone," the actor wrote.