Lord Curzon’s Grand Delhi Durbar of 1903, Old Print 1903
An old 1903 print showing Lord Curzon’s Grand Delhi Durbar of 1903. Seated on the dais are Lord Curzon, his wife Lady Curzon, the Duke of Connaught, and his wife. The durbar was to mark King Edward VII’s succession to the British throne after the death of Queen Victoria. Lord Curzon the Viceroy of India took all steps even to the minutest detail in hosting the durbar.
It was acclaimed as the grandest of all the Delhi Durbars for years to come. The Delhi or Coronation Durbar of 1903, under Lord Curzon’s organizing genius, was said to be difficult to replicate. Despite the grandeur, the King could not make it. He deputed his brother, Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught in his place. Every resource had been strained to transport, feed, and house the 173,000 people who had arrived in Delhi.
The organizing panel had organized mile upon mile of roads and light railways. And had made complex arrangements for electric lighting, water supply, sanitation, and medical help. The ceremonies lasted 10 days. There had been a State Entry of the Viceroy and Duke and Duchesses of Connaught on richly caparisoned elephants through Delhi. Two investitures, a state ball, a spectacular review of troops, and the reception of the ruling chiefs were held.
Read more on the Delhi Durbars.
Did you know – that the flamboyant Curzon and his dazzling and discerning style had eclipsed even the King’s brother, the Duke of Connaught.
Past posts – Raja Ravi Varma’s Portrait Photo – Old Postcard 1904., Officer’s Mess House Fort St George Madras, 1880., Maharaja Gaekwad’s Bungalow In Bombay-Old Postcard 1913., 2 Old Postcards – Railway Station Pune 1907.