Delhi Durbar - procession

The Alwar State elephant carriage in the procession at the Durbar.

About the Delhi Durbar


On New year's day 1903, Edward the VII was declared Emperor of India. The occasion was marked by a grand ceremony held at the Delhi Durbar - a spectacular and elaborate festival organised by the British government. The Durbar was intended to highlight the supposed glory of the monarchy and its Empire. The festivities involved an enormous procession which included a line of Indian princes riding on jewelled elephants.

Author / Creator: Austin Cook
Date: 1903
Copyright: © The British Library Board
Shelfmark: MSS Eur D570