Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pop History Moment: The Delhi Durbar Was Held


On this day in 1911 King George V and Queen Mary were enthroned as Emperor and Empress of India, in commemoration of which 26,800 medals bearing their combined image (just like the one shown above) were struck...

Not only were Their Majesties the first British sovereigns to receive their titles in person, a film made of the Durbar itself was the first colour film ever made. Entitled With Our King and Queen Through India, the film was shot using the Kinemacolor process and was released theatrically in February 1912.
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