Reception To King George In Bombay, Old print 1911
Old 1911 print showing the preparation for the reception of King George and Queen Mary at Bombay, now Mumbai. This page is from The Illustrated London News of 1911. The preparation was at Apollo Bunder where the Gateway of India stands today, opposite the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel. The title and text read- Preparation at Bombay for the reception of the King and Queen. The Pavilion and the Grand stand which have been built on the Apollo Bunder.
Bombay made great preparations to give the King and Queen a loyal and worthy reception as they first set foot on Indian soil. The “Medina,” with their majesties on board, is due to arrive at Bombay on Saturday, the 2nd. On landing, the King and Queen are to be received by the Governor of Bombay. Who will present a municipal address.
After that, they will drive through the city, the streets of which will be lined with troops. A handsome pavilion has been erected at the edge of Apollo Bunder, the famous quay at which their Majesties will step ashore. And further back a grand stand for the accommodation of spectators. The magnificent plaster arch resembled the Taj Mahal, and the grand stand resembled the amphitheaters of ancient Greece and Rome. Click on the photo for better view.
See previous post Gateway of India In Mumbai – Old News Photo 1946. Read also The Gateway of India, Mumbai, by George Wittet (1878-1926).
Did you know- the Monarchs visited the Delhi Durbar in 1911 they were the only British Monarchs to visit India in all the years of British rule.
From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#11)., Esplanade & Madras Christian College, Old Photo 1877., Madras Water Supply Red Hills Lake – Old Postcard 1907., Old Photo – Darjeeling Himalayan Railway 1890