Mysore royal family adopts heir

Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs, 22, parades through the city of Mysore after his adoption ceremony as the 27th royal heir to the throne of South India's Wadiyar dynasty on February 23, 2015.

The legendary Wodeyra dynasty has a new heir, as Mysore's royal family adopted Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs, 22, as the new prince.

Pramoda Devi, widow of the late prince Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, adopted Yaduveer as they have no children of their own.

The grandson of the late princess Gayathri Devi, Srikantadatta's sister and the eldest daughter of the last king Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, he was rechristened Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar.

The adoption ceremony was witnessed by the royal family and about 1,000 guests. Hundreds of tourists also watched from outside, as entry was prohibited.

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