QUEEN VICTORIA, EMPRESS OF INDIA
Victoria: by the society portrait photographer Alexander Bassano of London (1829-
xxxxxThe title of Empress of India was conferred on Queen Victoria by the Royal Titles Act of 1876 and proclaimed at the Delhi Durbar in May the following year. The new viceroy of India, the Earl of Lytton, wrote to the Queen describing the scene on the Plain of Delhi, where the proclamation was made in front of “a vast concourse of native Princes and nobles from all parts of India”.
xxxxxInitiated by the prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, the imperial title greatly pleased the Queen, and doubtless contributed to the slow recovery she was making following the death of Prince Albert in 1861. She had always shown an interest in imperial matters (and in India in particular) but, this apart, she had wanted the title for personal and, it can be said, understandable reasons. There were three emperors on the continent -
xxxxxEdward VII (1901-
The Delhi Durbar