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Humayun's tomb.jpgDeldi1911.jpgIn 1911 Lord Hardinge organised the final Delhi Durbar with great care and effort ensuring that that everything was done with the utmost glitter and pomp since the King-Emperor, George V, was to attend the event. King George V was the first reigning Monarch of the United Kingdom to attend a Durbar. He was accompanied by Queen Mary, his Queen Consort. The King-Emperor made many historical proclamations which paved the way for the present Edward Lutyens-designed New Delhi to be built to the south west of Shahjahanabad, the last Mughal city of Delhi. King George V and his Queen sat on golden thrones under a golden umbrella on 11 December 1911 when they proclaimed that the capital of British India would be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. Delhidurbar1911.jpg
In 1911, a fabulous sum of 600,000 pounds was approved for the Durbar and maintenance of the visiting local rulers. An additional 300,000 pounds were supplied by the Government of India to pay for eighty thousand Army troops in the parades and security for the event. The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi, considered a legacy of the colonial times, continues to display pictures of the Durbar in a Coffee Shop named "1911".
After the Coronation Durbar, Edwin Lutyens (Sir Edwin from 1918) was authorized by Lord Hardinge to proceed with preparing plans for building New Delhi. By shifting the capital to Delhi in 1912, as announced by the King in 1911, the British attempted to erase the memory of Mughal rule. Also, this return to Delhi emulated the practice followed by earlier pre-Islamic and the Mughal rulers who had established their own cities in Delhi, a move meant to increase the British Imperial image.
Delhi100 Monica.jpgCoronation Park.jpgFollowing the independence of India on 15 August 1947, The Coronation Park, near Burari has become the final resting place for some of the statues of former British Kings, Governors and officials of the British Raj. The statues were moved from various locations to the red stone plinths built in the park's specially designed enclosures, just opposite the Obelisk. The largest and tallest statue, a 15 m (49 ft) high marble statue designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, is opposite to the Obelisk commemorating the Durbar and is the tallest statue of King George V. His statue had earlier stood atop a canopy in front of the India Gate, which is now vacant following the statue's removal.
Plaque.jpgKing George’s statue, though it appears forlorn in the sparse field, is well maintained. The other statues, which all originated in Delhi, stand arranged in a semicircle around the King’s statue. They are thought to be those of Sir Guy Fleetwood Wilson and Viceroys Lord Willingdon and Lord Hardinge. However, there are no inscriptions indicating the names of the other individuals depicted here.
The park is enclosed by high steel fencing, whose well guarded entrance gate has a plaque (pictured in gallery) which proclaims:
This memorial was erected to commemorate the Coronation Durbar of King George V and Queen Mary held in December 1911. On this occasion the King announced the transfer of the capital of British India from Calcutta to Delhi

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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