Camilla May Not Wear The "Bloody" Koh-i-Noor Crown At King Charles's Coronation
The Queen Consort will soon be crowned alongside King Charles. To avoid causing a major diplomatic scandal, Camilla may refuse to wear the crown containing the so-called blood diamond Koh-i-Noor.
The important event will take place on 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey.
According to some sources, Camilla will not wear the imperial crown featuring the controversial Koh-i-Noor diamond that has only been worn by Britain's Queens, because it could bring back "painful memories of the colonial past".
Now, this famous royal accessory is to be put aside.
According to Daily Mail, a royal author claims that King Charles wants Camilla to wear the Queen Mother's crown with Koh-i-Noor diamond at the Coronation, like his grandmother, but critics warn Palace it would be "a massive diplomatic grenade".
The Telegraph reported that another option for the coronation is the crown worn by Queen Adelaide in 1831.
The "Bloody" Koh-i-Noor Imperial British Crown
Recently, the controversial Koh-i-Noor crown was brought back into question when a spokesman for India's ruling party told The Telegraph that "the use of the Koh-i-Noor crown brings back painful memories of the colonial past."
"Five to six generations of Indians suffered under multiple foreign rules for more than five centuries. Recent occasions such as the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the coronation of the new Queen Camilla, and the use of the Koh-i-Noor crown bring the Hindu people back to the days of the British Empire," said the Indian official.
This "bloody" imperial crown features 2,800 diamonds, and the much-discussed 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond is encrusted on the front cross.
The diamond originated in India and was later gifted to Queen Victoria by that country's last emperor, who was just ten years old at the time.
However, countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and even the Taliban claim the Koh-i-Noor diamond belongs to them and should be returned.
William Dalrymple, the co-author of "Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond", says it "is an extremely sensitive stone" and believes that wearing the diamond at the coronation could be a "massive diplomatic grenade".
However, royal sources say Queen Consort Camilla is likely to choose to wear a different crown with less valuable stones to avoid a diplomatic scandal.
The Koh-I-Noor Diamond - The Jewel In The British Crown
Koh-i-Noor is a 106-carat diamond that was at one time the largest diamond in the world. Previously owned by several rulers of India, it is now in the hands of the British Royal Family and is part of the Crown Jewels collection.
When the Koh-i-Noor diamond arrived in the hands of the British royal family it weighed 186 carats (37 grams). Prince Albert searched carefully for a jeweler to polish the diamond and he had to have an outstanding reputation in this field. So he arrived in the Netherlands and found Mr. Cantor, whom he entrusted with the task of finishing the diamond. When the work was completed, it was presented to Queen Victoria.
It became one of the crown jewels and was last worn by the Queen Mother during her coronation as Empress of India.