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Coronation Durbar at Delhi

Pomp and circumstance marking the coronation of King Edward VII as Emperor of India.

Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent


On New Year’s Day 1903 a spectacular Durbar was held to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra as Emperor and Empress of India. The second of three Delhi Durbars (the others were held in 1877 and 1911), this was the most spectacular. Masterminded by Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, a deserted plain was transformed in just a couple of months into a magical tented city. However, Edward failed to turn up for the festivities, sending his brother, the Duke of Connaught, instead, much to the chagrin of Curzon.

This short film doesn’t quite capture the scope or opulent excess of the event, but records the arrival of some of the dignitaries - including the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, Lord Curzon, and Countess Curzon - and a handful of the countless elephants.