A Glimpse of Empire

by Jessica Douglas-Home

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-1978-0
  2. Pages: 131 pages
  3. Date: April 2012


This is the true story of a young Anglo-Irish beauty’s visit to Delhi for the 1911 Royal Durbar, where a new King, George V, is to be proclaimed Emperor to reinforce the loyalty to the Crown of India’s ruling Princes.
For a fortnight of relentless ceremony, unheard of extravagance and imposing military spectacle, in the setting of a vast Tented City complete with its own farms, railway, telegraph and post offices, Lilah Wingfield meets many of the most remarkable colonial characters of the day, including some of the foremost Indian Princes, vying to stage the most lavish display to prove their devotion to the Raj. Lilah travels through India—to the dangerous Khyber Pass on the Afghan border, to Rajasthan, to the gory sites of the Mutiny and to stay with India’s only female Ruler, the Begum of Bhopal


Born Jessica Gwynne, her first husband, Charles Douglas-Home, whom she married in 1966, died while editor of The Times in 1985. In 1993 she married Rodney Leach, who was made a life peer as Lord Leach of Fairford in 2006.

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