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The Coronation of George V

King George V and Queen Mary were crowned at Westminster Abbey on the 22 June 1911

The King and Queen travelled in the Gold State Coach to and from the Abbey in a ceremonial State Procession.

Queen Mary recorded in her diary her impressions of the day: “The ceremony was beautiful & most impressive…Magnificent reception both going & coming back”.

On the following day Their Majesties drove in an open carriage through the streets of London, which the King described as “a sight which I am sure could never be seen in any other country in the world.”

On 24 June they attended a Naval Fleet Review at Spithead and on 29 June a Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Although Queen Victoria had been proclaimed Empress of India in 1877 and her son King Edward VII, Emperor in 1902, neither had attended the ceremony.

However, in 1911 King George V decided that he would attend an Imperial Durbar held in Delhi, at which he would receive the homage of the rulers and announce the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. Unfortunately this posed a problem as no person was entitled by law to remove the crown from out of the kingdom and an entirely new crown would have to be manufactured.

The new ‘Imperial Crown of India’ was commissioned and the work was undertaken by the royal jewellers, Garrards & Co.

Their Majesties undertook a tour of India arriving on 2 December 1911 and departing 10 January 1912.

In spite of the intense heat in Delhi, King George V and Queen Mary wore full Coronation robes at the ceremony, together with the new crown.

Coronation portrait of King George V Royal Collection © 2013 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Coronation portrait of King George V Royal Collection © 2013 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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Coronation portrait of King George V Royal Collection © 2013 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Coronation portrait of Queen Mary Royal Collection © 2013 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Extract from King George V's diary. Royal Collection © 2013 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Volume recording items of clothing and jewellery worn by Queen Mary. Royal Archives © 2013 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Gala programme. Royal Archives © 2013 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Plan of a Children's Fete Royal Archives © 2013 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II King George V at the Children's Fete Royal Collection © 2013 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II King George V and Queen Mary at the Red Fort Royal Collection © 2013 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Letter from Queen Mary to her aunt © 2013 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II