Queen consort Camilla won’t wear the Kohinoor diamond during her coronation; 'give it back', say desi netizens
Queen Consort Camilla will wear Queen Mary’s crown for her and King Charles III’s coronation at Westminster Abbey this spring, but the headwear will not feature the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond, according to reports.
Reports have said that Camilla will neither wear the controversial Kohinoor diamond nor its replica on crown.
The diamond featured at the front of Queen Mary's crown during her coronation back in 1911. However, it was replaced with a replica in 1937 when the original was moved to the Queen Mother's crown for her and King George VI's coronation.
Camilla had worn the Crown of Queen Elizabeth, which features the Kohinoor diamond, during the latter's funeral in 2022. But now, Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen Consort will have the crown reworked to include diamonds from the late Queen Elizabeth’s personal collection instead.
This will be the first time that a crown will be reused at a coronation instead of commissioning a new one since the 18th century.
The last consort to reuse a crown was Queen Caroline, the consort to King George II. She had worn a crown that belonged to Mary of Modena.
“Minor changes and addition will be undertaken by the Crown Jeweller,” according to the palace. This is being done to insert jewels that are “unique to the occasion and reflects the consort’s individual style”.
Reports have also said that the crown will be reset with the Cullinan III, IV and V diamonds.
Queen Mary's crown. which Queen Consort will wear to the coronation, was made by Garrard’s, a luxury jewelers based in London’s Mayfair neighborhood.
According to a report by TIME, the crown's design was inspired by Queen Alexandra’s Crown of 1902.
It was last seen in public on the Queen Mother’s coffin at her funeral in 2002.
The Kohinoor is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world, weighing 105.6 carats. It has been a long-standing subject of dispute between India and the UK.
There are multiple conflicting legends on the origin of the diamond, but it is believed to have originated from the Golconda mines in central southern India.
It has had many previous owners like the heads of the Mughal empire, Shahs of Iran Sikh Maharahas and the Emirs of Afghanistan, according to Kohinoor experts. But since arriving in the UK, it has only been worn by female members of the family.
While the gesture of not wearing the diamond has been seen as a welcome step by Indian netizens, many are now calling on Britain to return the Kohinoor to India.
A user wrote, "Originally mined in Golconda during Kakatiya dynasty rule. Only true claimant should be State of Telangana, Union of India, not those who obtained it through conquest. None of d Punjabi Sikh confederacy, d Uzbek Mughals, d Persian Qajars or d British Windsors have real claim."
"Kohinoor should be handed back to Bharat," wrote a third user.
“It does feels like a big shift that the #Kohinoor is not going to be used in the #coronation. But when is the myth that the diamond was ‘reputedly gifted’ going to stop being peddled?” wrote another user.