Imperial Procession At The Delhi Durbar, 1903 Photo
A 1903 photo of the imperial procession at the 1903 Delhi Durbar. The ceremony proclaimed the succession of Edward VII as the new King after the death of Queen Victoria. The flamboyant Lord Curzon organized this grand durbar meticulously. But only to be disappointed when King Edward would not make it to the durbar.
Nevertheless, he sent his younger brother the Duke of Connaught to officiate in his absence. The notation on the back reads- “India Delhi native prince passing through the streets of Delhi in connection with a state parade. Photograph made near the Jama Masjid Mosque on the right….” Shown on the right is the partly visible Jama Masjid.
Did you know- there were three Delhi Durbars, Queen Victoria (c1877), King Edward VII (c1903) & King George V (c1911). Out of the three, only George V could attend.