1903 Delhi Durbar King’s Succession – Old Photo
Old 1903 photograph of the Delhi Durbar of a King’s succession. Also called the Imperial or Coronation Durbar of 1903. Viceroy Lord Curzon was complete in charge even to the minutest detail. So much so that this became the grandest of the Delhi Durbars. It was to honor King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra as the new Emperor and Empress of India. Unfortunately, King Edward did not make it to the grand ceremony. But instead deputed his brother Prince Arthur in his place.
After Edwards’s death in 1910 his son King George V became the successor. Both King George V and Queen Mary attended the 1911 durbar held in their honor. The first of the durbars was in 1877 proclaiming Queen Victoria as the Empress of India. Prince Arthur is seated on the domed pavilion shown in the photo, faintly noticeable is the British Union Jack Flag attached to a flag post from the roof of the amphitheater. Click on the photo for better view
Did you know- the 1903 durbar is said to have equalled or even excelled Mughal period grand ceremonies.
From the collection-1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#17)., View Of Bombay From Mazgaon Engraved Print 1845., View Of Cochin – Antique Hand coloured Plan 1704., Aerial View of Indian Parliament – Old Postcard 1930