20 Oct, 2011

The Indian Gate turns 90

The Royal Pavilion's Indian Gate turns 90 this month. The gate was formally opened by the Maharajah of Patiala on 26 October 1921. To mark the anniversary, a ceremony will be held at the gate on Sunday 23 October, 2-2:30pm.

The gate was given to the people of Brighton as thanks for the care given to Indian soldiers wounded on the Western Front during World War One. The Royal Pavilion, along with the York Place Schools and the Kitchener Hospital (now Brighton General Hospital), had severed as an Indian military hospital from 1914 to 1916. The monument was paid for by 'the people and princes of India'.

We have just added a number of rarely seen photographs of the opening ceremony for the gate.

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