Royal Family: Camilla ‘may not wear Queen Mother’s crown at Coronation in case it offends India’

Queen Consort may not wear the late Queen Mother's crown as planned, over fears it would be controversial & politically insensitive. The plans for using regalia containing the Koh-i-Noor may be axed.

It features 2800 diamonds with front cross holding famous 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, one of largest cut diamonds. However, it originated in India & is claimed by the country and surrounding region.

To curb controversy, the decision may be taken to detach the gem from the crown or the crown may not be worn at all, in favour of something more low-key, such as Queen Victoria's coronet.

Spokesman for India said the use of the Koh-i-Noor diamond historic treasure was seized by the British East India Company in 1849 when it was presented to Queen Victoria & became part of Crown Jewels.

Spokesman for Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party said: “The coronation of Camilla and the use of the crown jewel Koh-i-Noor brings back painful memories of the colonial past.

It became a special possession of Queen Victoria & was displayed at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London. Since then it has become part of the Crown Jewels & a point of dispute between the UK and India

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