The Delhi Durbar of 1903 was held to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra as Emperor and Empress of India.
The two full weeks of festivities were devised in meticulous detail by Lord Curzon. It was a dazzling display of pomp, power and split second timing worthy of P. T. Barnum. Neither the earlier Delhi Durbar of 1877, nor the later Durbar held there in 1911, could match the pageantry of Lord Curzon's 1903 festivities
In October 1903, Mortimer Menpes published a book entitled 'Durbar', which not only told the tale of his attending the Durbar but illustrated it in painstaking detail. The inspiration for WBritains' Durbar range! An historical experience without parallel.