At the solemn coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla on May 6, the latter may not receive the traditional crown made for the Queen Mother in 1937 to avoid a diplomatic confrontation with India.
As we read in the UK media, in fact, it contains the Koh-i-Noor, one of the largest diamonds in the world with its 105 carats, and above all at the center of a political and legal controversy between the two countries, with many Indians convinced that the precious stone, discovered in India in the 14th century, was “stolen” during the colonial regime.
The crown resurfaced on Indian social media after Queen Elizabeth’s death, and many citizens have called on the New Delhi government to put new pressure on London.
The Koh-i-Noor was acquired by the East India Company after the Anglo-Sikh Wars and presented to Queen Victoria in 1850.
According to a source heard by the Daily Mail in the British royal court, the affair is causing some tension and nervousness after a party spokesman for Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, recalled that wearing the crown with the Koh-i-Noor would end up bringing back to memory “painful memories of the colonial past”.
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