With the impending possibility of the coronation of a Zulu King - further legal objections not withstanding - I decided to revisit Theophilus Shepstone’s coronation
of King Cetshwayo kaMpande on 1st September 1873.
I’m sure most of us are familiar with indistinct photograph that recorded the event, what I had never seen before this week was an engraving of the photograph, so as soon as I discovered it I had to buy the 19th Century publication it appeared in, and here for your edification it is: [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
of King Cetshwayo kaMpande,
1st September 1873.
(John Young Collection.)
Standing behind King Cetshwayo kaMpande in the diced forage cap is Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Milles, 75th (Stirlingshire)
Regiment. Standing behind the seated figure of Theophilus Shepstone wearing the bicorn hat is Major Anthony William Durnford, Royal Engineers.