Who's Who in India Supplement 1 (1912)/The State Departure from Delhi


On Saturday, 16th December, Their Imperial Majesties made their State Departure from Delhi. In the morning the Ruling Chiefs present in Delhi were, at tie special desire of His Majesty, assembled in the Audience Chamber of the Royal Camp to take leave of Their Majesties. This function concluded, the Royal procession set out for Selimgarh station. The streets were, as at the State Entry, lined with troops, behind whom were standing hundreds of thousands of the loving subjects of Their Majesties, who had assembled to bid them farewell. Their Majesties drove in an open state carriage, and were escorted by a British Cavalry Regiment, a Battery of Royal Horse Artillery, the Imperial Cadet Corps and an Indian Cavalry Regiment, and were attended by His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief and Staff, and preceded by the Herald and Assistant Herald. As the royal procession entered the Fort, a salute of 101 guns was fired. The assembled populace cheered most heartily, and the enthusiasm was remarkably spontaneous. At Selimgarh station Their Majesties were received by His Excellency the Governor-General, the heads of Local Governments, the Metropolitan of India, the Chief Justice of Bengal, the Naval Commander-in-Chief, the Members of the Supreme Council and the Durbar Committee, headed by their President, Sir John Hewett, G. C. S. I. After taking leave of these officials, His Majesty entered his train, and proceeded to Nepal.

Her Majesty the Queen then entered her train, and set out for Agra.