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This stone pillar memorial commemorates the 1911 Coronation Durbar of King George V and Queen Mary. At this durbar the announcement was made that the capital of the Raj would be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. Sir Edwin Lutyens was chosen to advise on the planning of the new capital. The pillar stands on a terrace which has steps leading down in four directions. It was at the same site that grand durbars were held in 1877 and in 1903. It is now used as a park by children from the neighboring areas.
Grant, Irving Robert. Indian Summer: Lutyens, Baker and Imperial Delhi. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1981.