The Main Procession
Before and after the Procession of the Indian Princes
Preceeding the Main Procession
There were many British authorities preceeding the Indian Princes in the Main Procession. On horse, the Viceroy's escorts and body guards, Police chief, squadrons of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, the Heralds (1 drummer and 12 trumpeters) and the Imperial Cadets
The Dragoons at the end of Chadni Chawk. Check at the back the clock tower and the 2 lines of flags that ornamented the street in front of the Town Hall
The Heralds, at the end of Chadni Chawk
Last cavalry before the elephants: The Imperial Cadets
Going from Queen's rd to Elgin rd
In front of the Jumma Masjid. This is one of Gertrude Bell's photos.
The Elephants before the Procession of the Indian Princes
The elephants of the Aides-de Camp
The Group of the six elephants of the Aides-de-Camp, South side of the Jumma Masjid
The six elephants, in front of the Town Hall
Beau Geste Elephants of the Aides-de-Camp, only 4 for now
Beau Geste 1st elephant of the Aides-de-Camp (BG378)
Aides-de-camps to the Viceroy
Beau Geste 2nd elephant of the Aides-de-Camp (BG379)
Aides-de-Camp to the Viceroy
Beau Geste 3rd elephant of the Aides-de-Camp (BG380)
Aides-de-Camp to the Duke of Connaught
Beau Geste 4th elephant of the Aides-de-Camp (BG381)
Aides-de-Camp to the Duke of Connaught
Sir M. FitzGerald
Following the 6 elephants of the Aides-de-Camps, the elephants of Lord and Lady Curzon, and the elephant of the Duke and the Duchess of Connaught
The Viceroy's elephant, in front of the Jumma Masjid (Gertrude Bell photo)
His elephant was lent by the Maharaja of Benares, and its name was 'Luchman Prasad'
Same elephant, in front of the Town Hall
The Viceroy, Lord Curzon and his wife
The elephant of the Duke and Duchess, same spot as the photo above
Their elephant was named 'Maula Bakhsh', one of the finest elephants of the Maharaja of Jaipur
After the Indian Chiefs
Following the 48 elephants of the Main Procession, carriages with authorities and more cavalry came.
Carriages with Grand Duke of Hesse, The Governors of Bombay, Madras and The Punjab, all of them with their bodyguards.
On horse, Lord Kitchener on horse escorted by mounted volunteers.
Carriages again: Governors of Burna, Bengal and the United Provinces Burma Bengal united provinces of Agra y Oudh. The honbles.
Horseback: Authorities, The Baluch Chiefs, Chiefs of the NW Frontier
More authorities on carriages
The 11st Bengal Lancers
The Baluch chiefs and the chiefs of the NW frontier
Now it was time for the second (and much larger) group of elephants.
There’s no much about the Retainers elephants. They were all the elephants that each state brought to Delhi, except for the state elephants that carried the Maharajas and Rajas. The Retainer or Retinue elephants were ridden by Sardars and attendants of the Indian Chiefs. There are many pictures, but they don’t cover all the elephants at all.
If you go to the press releases, they barely covered the first few elephants of the Main Procession. They all describe the first 4 or 6, and then comment on any particular elephant that called their attention, but that’s it. Unfortunately they didn’t describe all the elephants as the first from the group. So no much expected comments about the Retinues.
The references say that they were 166 elephants marching after the Main Procession, but the listed ones don’t include a few states that were there indeed, nor the ones from the Shan States, so there were probably many more. The accounts mention about 250.
Here is a list of the quantity of elephants that each Indian state brought:
Rajputana (Major Michin leading)
Central India (Capt. Barnes leading)
Maler Kotla 2
Sardars and attendants
Beau Geste's Baby Elephant from Rewa (BG114)
Beau Geste's Rewa Executioner Elephant (set BG275)
No idea to which states these elephants belong. This is my next project, to identify as many elephants as possible. For that, I need to study and research among all the photos I have from January 7, the Retainers Review at the Amphitheatre.
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