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Panoramic view of the Delhi Durbar, 1911


RCIN 2935183

Following their initial visit in 1905 – 6 as Prince and Princess of Wales, King George V and Queen Mary returned to India as Emperor and Empress for a coronation tour in 1911–12. The climax of the visit was the Coronation Durbar in Delhi. These three photographs form a panorama of key moments during the ceremony held in Delhi on 12 December 1911. Read from left to right, King George V and Queen Mary first receive homage from the Indian rulers. They then appear under the Throne Pavilion for the official proclamation of their coronation as Emperor and Empress of India. In the third they are seen leaving the Durbar in an open carriage.

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