Lord Curzon’s Grand Delhi Durbar, 1903 Photo
Old 1903 photo of Lord Curzon’s grand Delhi Durbar. It was also called the Imperial or Coronation Durbar of 1903. Viceroy Lord Curzon was in total charge of the ceremony, even to the minutest detail. So much so that this was undoubtedly the grandest of the Delhi Durbars. To honor King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra as the new Emperor and Empress of India. To the deep disappointment of Curzon, King Edward could not make it to the grand ceremony and 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 had 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 visible 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