The Imperial Assembly at Delhi: The Chief Herald [Major Barnes] Reading the Proclamation. Artist: Lieutenant C. Pulley, of the 3rd Ghoorkahs. Source: Internet Archive web version of The Illustrated London News (10 February 1877): 137. Click on image to enlarge it.

“The Viceroy, who was accompanied by Lady Lytton and his daughters, with a brilliant suite, ascended the dais and took his seat on the Imperial throne. Ihe heraldic trumpeters sounded a flourish, and Major Barnes, the Chief Herald, read the Imperial Proclamation in English; a translation in the Urdu language was read by the Foreign Secretary to the General Government of India. A salute of one hundred and one guns was fired by the artillery, and a feu de joie by the infantry. The Viceroy then delivered his speech, explaining the motives and consequences of this great political act. The National Anthem was played by all the military bands.”

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