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1911 Delhi Durbar & Begum of Bhopal – Old Postcard
This is an old 1912 photo postcard of the Coronation Durbar or the Delhi Durbar of 1911 with the Begum of Bhopal. She is shown bowing to the King-Emperor George V and Queen Mary. After King George’s welcome address it was ensued with salutations by all-important dignitaries. The first in line was the Nizam of Hyderabad, then the Maharaja Gaekwad of Bhopal. Followed by the Maharaja of Mysore, Maharaja of Kashmir, and so on.
All of them gave gifts of high value, the Nizam gifted the Monarchs a necklace of enormous rubies. Other Maharajas followed with gifts of jewels, gold cloth, ivory walking stick with a hilt carved from a single ruby. The purpose of this grand durbar was to mark the succession of King George V to King-Emperor. Lord Hardinge II was the Viceroy of India who organized the 1911 Delhi Durbar. Preceding the 1911 durbar was the one in 1903 which was the grandest of them all. It was organized by Lord Curzon then Viceroy of India.
Read more about The Delhi Durbars.
Did you know- the Begum of Bhopal was the only female ruler paying homage and was veiled head to foot in gold cloth.
From the collection- Vintage Raja Ravi Varma “Shivaji” Oleograph Print., Mumbai Horse-Drawn Tram – Old Print 1897., Army & Navy Store 1922 Catalogue Bombay – Old Book., Taj Mahal View From Agra Fort – Old Photobgraph 1880