Duke of Connaught Arriving Delhi Durbar – Old Photo 1902
This is an old photograph of the Duke of Connaught arriving At the Delhi Durbar in 1902. Shows the arrival of the Duke of Connaught and the then Viceroy of India Lord Curzon in a procession. Also known as the Imperial Durbar or the Coronation Durbar was to mark the accession of King Edward VII. And also to proclaim him with the additional title of “Emperor of India”.
In a way to show the world Britain’s absolute dominion over India. Since King Edward did not make it, he deputed his brother Prince Arthur the Duke of Connaught in his place. After crushing the 1857 Indian Mutiny the British Crown took control of the British Empire from the East India Company. The British Empire was at that time at the peak of its power and glory. Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy wanted to make the Durbar as awe-inspiring as possible to showcase British power. And he did succeed because the 1903 Delhi Durbar was said to be the best. There are some pencil inscriptions at the back see image.
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