King George V & Queen Mary Leaving India, 1912 Photo
This is an old 1912 photo of King George V and Queen Mary leaving India. Seen here at Apollo Bunder is the royal couple leaving the shores of Bombay, now Mumbai. After their engrossing five-week visit to India for the 1911 Delhi Durbar. Apollo Bunder the precursor to the Gateway of India was a landing jetty. A place for embarkation and disembarkation complete with customs formalities for steamer passengers.
The King and Queen are walking towards the jetty after a farewell ceremony in their honor. A Pavillion specially erected for the occasion is partially visible at the back. An amphitheater was also erected close to the Pavillion for a grand ceremony and reception to the departing Monarchs. They will board a special boat that will ferry them to the Royal yacht. The Taj Hotel and the Greens Hotel are also visible in the background.
Did you know- the last British ships set to sail in 1947 to leave the country from the Gateway of India making it a legend.
From the collection- Vintage Oleograph Raja Ravi Varma “Vishnu On Sheshnag”., 6 Old Photographs of British India Era Vintage Cars., Aerial View of Parliament New Delhi – Old Print 1946., Watson’s Hotel Bombay – Old Postcard 1907