February 1, 2023

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Royal Palace May Reconsider Crown for Queen Consort’s Coronation Amid Koh-i-Noor Controversy

The use of the Koh-i-Noor diamond for Queen Consort Camilla’s coronation scheduled for May 6, 2023, has once again sparked a row after India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) argued that such a move would evoke “painful memories of the colonial past”.”Most Indians have very little memory of the oppressive past. Five to six generations of Indians suffered under multiple foreign rules for over five centuries,” the spokesperson added.In view of the controversy, Buckingham Palace officials are now reportedly reconsidering plans to use the Koh-i-Noor diamond for the coronation.A separate source told the Daily Mail that the King was “acutely sensitive” to the issue, with advisors having “significant nervousness” around using the crown jewel.The King and Queen Consort may either choose a different, simpler crown from the Royal Collection or use the same crown without the diamond held on a detachable mount.Controversy Around Koh-i-NoorAccording to the Royal Collection Trust, the disputed diamond, which has been part of the Crown Jewels for more than 150 years and was worn by Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary, was “surrendered” to Queen Victoria in 1849 as part of the Treaty of Lahore by the last Sikh emperor of India, Maharaja Duleep Singh, when he was 11 years old.During a 2010 visit to India, then-Prime Minister David Cameron told local media that the diamond would stay in the United Kingdom.“If you say yes to one [request], you suddenly find the British Museum would be empty… I’m afraid it’s going to have to stay put,” Cameron said.A petition was filed in 2016 on whether India should call for its return to which India’s solicitor general, Ranjit Kumar, told the court at the time, “It was neither stolen nor forcibly taken away.”However, the Modi-led government then appeared to roll back the comments, saying that India’s government would make all possible efforts to bring back the diamond.Original News : https://sputniknews.com/20221013/royal-palace-may-reconsider-crown-for-queen-consorts-coronation-amid-koh-i-noor-controversy-1101803021.html

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