The Delhi Durbar, meaning "Court of Delhi", was a mass assembly at Coronation Park, Delhi, India, to mark the coronation of a King and Queen of the United Kingdom. Also known as the Imperial Durbar, it was held three times, in 1877, 1903, and 1911, at the height of the British Empire. The 1911 Durbar was the only one attended by the sovereign, who was George V.
The Delhi Durbar medal was issued in 1911 to commemorate the coronation of King George V. The silver medal is 32 millimeters in diameter. The ribbon is dark blue with two thin red stripes in its centre.
The medal's obverse side has a profile of King George V and his wife Queen Mary, while the reverse side has the crowned Royal Cipher above the date of the coronation.
This coronation medal set the precedent of being awarded to personnel who were not present at the coronation.
The Durbar was held from the 7th to the 16th December 1911 to commemorate the coronation in Britain a few months earlier of King George V and Queen Mary, allow their proclamation as Emperor and Empress of India.
King George V announced during the Durbar held on the 12th December 1911, the moved of the capital of India from Calcutta to New Delhi and the he also laid the foundation Generally the Durbar achieved its purpose of cementing support for British rule among the ruling princes, as was demonstrated by the support given during the First World War.
26,800 Delhi Durbar Silver Medals of 1911 were awarded to the men and officers of the British and Indian Armies who participated in the event. A hundred and two were also struck in gold, a hundred of which were for award to Indian princely rulers and the highest ranking government officers.
The Sovereigns appeared in their Coronation robes, the King-Emperor wearing the Imperial Crown of India with eight arches, containing six thousand one hundred and seventy exquisitely cut diamonds, and covered with sapphires, emeralds and rubies, with a velvet and miniver cap. They then appeared at a darshan (a sight) at the jharoka (balcony window) of Red Fort, to receive half a million or more of the common people who had come to greet them.
Today Coronation Park is a jealously guarded open space whose emptiness comes as a bit of a shock after the dense traffic and crowded shanty towns of northern Delhi’s urban sprawl. It is mostly overgrown, neglected and locked. The Park is sometimes used for big religious festivals and municipal conventions. The thrones used by King George V and Queen Mary are on display at Marble Hall Gallery and Museum at Rashtrapati Bhavan.