Title ID 8431Collection ID1195
TitleThe Great Coronation Durbar, Dehli
Date[1911 - 1912?]
CollectionEarly Films
KeywordsRoyalty Celebrations Parades Uniforms National Dress Armed Forces Commemorative Events
NationalIndia Asia
ProductionPathe's Animated Gazette
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration8 min. 1 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Scenes of the 1911 Coronation Durbar at Delhi, shot for Pathe's Animated Gazette.


"Extra Edition of Pathe's Animated Gazette" precedes the film's title, "The Great Coronation Durbar, Dehli". Scenes of the 1911 Coronation Durbar at Coronation Park, Delhi follow. The camera captures the events from an elevated and distanced position.

Contextual information

Pathe's Animated Gazette was the first bi-weekly British newsreel, "A weekly record of the world's events in motion-pictures". It became Pathe Gazette in 1918. Produced by Pathe Freres, London.

The Delhi Durbar was held in 1877, 1903 and 1911, to mark the coronation of the King and Queen at mass assemblies at Coronation Park, Delhi. The only Delhi Durbar attended by George V was in 1911. The world's press covered the event and film footage was incredibly popular, at cinemas in India and at home.

A kinemacolour two-and-a-half hour film titled With Our King and Queen Through India first screened in February 1912, hailed as Charles Urban's greatest achievement.

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