Coronation row looms for Camilla over painful history of diamond crown

The diamond crown said to be worn by Queen Consort Camilla at next year’s Coronation has sparked a row with India’s governing party over its “painful history”.

Camilla, 75, is set to wear the late Queen Mother’s jewel-encrusted crown, which features the famous 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, at King Charles III’s Coronation in May.

The controversial diamond is one of the largest-cut in the world and was included as part of the Crown Jewels after it was offered to Queen Victoria by the last Sikh emperor of India, aged 10 at the time.

There have been disputes over the gift, with India and several other countries claiming that the diamond should be returned.

India’s governing party has said that Camilla's use of the diamond crown at the Coronation could “transport a few Indians back to the days of the British Empire.”

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party told The Telegraph: “The coronation of Camilla and the use of the crown jewel Koh-i-Noor brings back 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.

“Recent occasions, like Queen Elizabeth II's death, the coronation of the new Queen Camilla and the use of the Koh-i-Noor do transport a few Indians back to the days of the British Empire in India.”

OK! has contacted Buckingham Palace's representatives for comment.

A replacement for the diamond has been called upon, as Royal sources have stated no decision has officially been made on this yet.

It was provisionally agreed years ago, that the Queen Consort would wear the Queen Mother’s crown, as proposed by Charles, at his Coronation.

However, “significant nervousness” has since emerged over the controversy of the diamond, according to Mail+.

The jewel originated from India and is claimed by the republic and several other countries in the region. It might now be removed or the crown disregarded altogether, following the negative response surrounding it.

A source told Mail Online: “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.

“That was certainly the agreement a few years ago when the whole idea of the Duchess of Cornwall becoming Queen Consort was first mooted.

“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.”

Mail Online reported that Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the matter.


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