Queen Victoria took the title of 'Empress of India' from 1 May 1876. This title had been assumed by her under the encouragement of the Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. In 1876 the British Parliament passed an Act called 'Royal Titles Act 1876'. According to this Act the Queen Victoria officially recognized as "Empress of India".
Traditionally, the champion of an English King or Queen rode at the coronation into Westminster Hall and challenged anyone who denied their right to succeed. At whose coronation was this tradition last observed?
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