Queen Camilla's Coronation crown, worn by the Queen Mother back in 1937, has been under the spotlight in recent weeks. It's not been a topic of conversation purely because its estimated worth by experts is a staggering 400 million, but because the controversial Koh-l-Noor diamond it was made with has been removed for this historic occasion.
The 105.6 Carat diamond, which is said to be worth a staggering £494 million alone, making it one of the largest in the world, would have usually sat in the front cross-pattee of the crown in a detachable platinum mount – but this isn't the case for today's outing. Queen Camilla's Coronation crown has been modified with three diamonds from Queen Elizabeth II's personal jewellery collection, including the Cullinan V, Cullinan III and Cullinan IV, in place of the Koh-l-Noor diamond.
But what makes this Koh-l-Noor diamond so controversial, and why has it been removed from the crown?
Some would argue the new design is a touching tribute to Her late Majesty on the day her son King Charles becomes our new sovereign. However, the historic controversy surrounding this particular diamond was also reported to be a concern for the Royals at such a public affair.
According to the Daily Star, an insider revealed: "The original plan was for the Queen Consort to be crowned with the late Queen Mother’s crown when her husband acceded to the throne.
"But times have changed and His Majesty The King is acutely sensitive to these issues, as are his advisors. There are serious political sensitivities and significant nervousness around them, particularly regarding India."
The Indian gem not only has a sinister past of colonial conquest but it's been previously reported and rumoured that the Koh-l-Noor diamond was actually stolen from a 10-year-old boy. The story states that Young Duleep Singh was just a child when he inherited the Punjabi throne. He was imprisoned by the British in 1849 and forced to sign a document amending the Treaty of Lahore to give the diamond away to Queen Victoria.
It seems the historic drama surrounding this particular diamond is vast and complicated, with Smithsonian magazine reporting other countries including India, Pakistan and the Taliban in Afghanistan claiming ownership of the Koh-i-Noor.
The contested jewel is also said to hold a curse with it, warning that any male of the Royal Family who wears the diamond will be provided great misfortunes.
So what will happen to the controversial jewel now? Apparently the diamond will be part of an exhibition at the Tower Of London that will explore the origins and history of the crown jewels.
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