A busy visit to Durbar Court was made by the event team for the 14 May Coat of Arms Celebration event. The visit was an opportunity to assess all of the elements to be put together for a successful event.

This spectacular venue is steeped in history and the perfect venue for such a special event.

Durbar Court, at the heart of the India Office at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is the masterpiece of Matthew Digby Wyatt.

Originally open to the sky, the four sides of the court are surrounded by three stories of columns and piers supporting arches. The ground floor doric and fist floor ionic columns are of polished red Peterhead granite, while the top floor Corinthian columns are of grey Aberdeen granite. The pavement is of Greek, Sicilian and Belgian marble.

The court was first used in 1867 for a reception for the Sultan of Turkey. The name ‘Durbar Court’ dates only from 192 when some of the coronation celebrations of King Edward VII were held there.


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