Delhi Durbar, 1911

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King George V (wearing the Imperial Crown of India) and Queen Mary (in the Delhi Durbar Tiara and the Cambridge Emeralds) preside over a glittering Durbar at the Coronation Park in Delhi on this day in 1911, during which they received the homage of the 500 Princely Rulers of India, and were official proclaimed the Emperor and Empress of India. Afterwards, the King-Emperor announced the move of India’s capital from Calcutta to Delhi, and the following day the Emperor and Empress made a darshan (appearance) from the jharoka (balcony) of Red Fort, a Mughal tradition to be viewed by the half a million spectators, which was followed by a military parade of 50,000 troops. This ceremony was the culmination of a month-long tour made by the British Monarchs to their then territory of India, a few months after their Coronation in Britain, which followed an even larger tour in 1905-06.

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