Queen Mary At The Taj Mahal, Old Print 1911
This print is a page from “The Sphere” a British newspaper of December 16, 1911. That actively reported Queen Mary’s proposed visit to the Taj Mahal. At the time of this news report, both were in India. Meanwhile, her husband King George V would go on a hunting expedition in the Nepal Terai. She remained behind to visit the great mausoleum, the Taj Mahal, at Agra.
The imperial couple first landed at Apollo Bunder, Bombay on December 2nd, 1911. Later they would proceed to Delhi by the royal train for the Delhi Durbar, which was the very reason for their arrival in India. Their itinerary was hectic which included tours to Nepal, Calcutta, Patna, etc. Attending official functions, parties, meeting dignitaries, and so on.
On her arrival at Agra, the queen visited the Taj Mahal twice, further visiting the Agra fort and Fatehpur Sikri. She then left for Jaipur, Ajmer, Bundi, etc. After covering Rajputana she resumed her journey by the royal train to Bankipore near Patna. Rejoining the King there, thenceforth traveling to Calcutta with their entourage.
The royal couple was received at the station by the Viceroy Lord Hardinge and Lady Hardinge. Thereafter embarking on the steamship ‘Howrah’ to cross the river Hugli. Warmly welcomed at Prinsep Ghat in which two thousand people were seated in a makeshift arena eagerly awaiting the King’s speech and other formalities. After days of their busy schedule in Calcutta, they journeyed back to Bombay by the royal train. Departing for England after entailing more social and official engagements in the city. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- that Queen Mary and Queen Victoria were the grandmother and great-grandmothers of Queen Elizabeth II respectively.
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