Queen Victoria: Proclamation concerning India

(1858)

The purpose of Queen Victoria's Proclamation concerning India, issued in 1858, was to announce that England was assuming control of its Indian colonies, removing them from the administration of the British East India Company. A secondary purpose was to reassure the people of India that Britain intended to respect and preserve the culture of India, particularly the right of Indians to practice their traditional religions. Queen Victoria's Proclamation concerning India was actually written by Edward Stanley, the fourteenth Earl of Derby.

Victoria, the queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, placed her stamp on most of the nineteenth century in England, for after she assumed the throne in 1837, she ruled for an astonishing sixty-three years and seven months until her death in 1901. She presided over the expansion of a British Empire that spanned the globe, giving rise to the expression that “the sun never sets on the British Empire.” Chief among Britain's...

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