LONDON (AP) — The Koh-i-noor diamond received’t be used throughout King Charles III’s coronation, permitting Buckingham Palace to sidestep the controversy surrounding a gem acquired through the age of Empire.
Camilla, the queen consort, won’t to make use of the diamond in her coronation crown. Moderately than fee a brand new crown, as is customary, Camilla will modify Queen Mary’s crown utilizing diamonds from Queen Elizabeth II’s private assortment, the palace stated in an announcement Tuesday.
Some observers had speculated that Camilla could be topped with the crown made for Queen Elizabeth, the queen mom, in 1937, which had the Koh-i-noor diamond as its centerpiece.
That reportedly sparked concern from some individuals in India, who stated utilizing the Koh-i-noor within the coronation could possibly be an uncomfortable reminder of Britain’s oppressive previous.
Seized by the East India Firm after its victory within the Second Anglo-Sikh Warfare of 1849, the gem was given to Queen Victoria and has remained a part of the Crown Jewels ever since. However international locations together with India, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan have all claimed possession.