Camilla may not wear Koh-i-Nor crown at coronation unlike Queen Mother

King Charles' coronation set for May 6 alongside Camilla

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The Queen Mother wore the Koh-i-Noor diamond crown at King George VI’s coronation in 1936, and many expected the next Queen Consort would get to wear it at the next coronation. However, it seems Queen Camilla might not get to wear the crown at King Charles’ coronation next year. Why is this?

Plans for the Queen Consort to wear the controversial Koh-i-Noor diamond may be axed at Charles’ coronation due to “political sensitivities”, as reported by the Daily Mail.

When the King first expressed he’d like his wife to be at his side at the coronation, it was reportedly agreed she would wear the late Queen Mother’s crown which she wore at her own husband’s coronation in 1936.

The diadem features 2,800 diamonds and holds the famous 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, one of the largest cut diamonds in the world.

But there is reportedly “significant nervousness” about wearing the crown, given the continuing controversy over its diamond, which originated in India and is claimed by several other countries in that region.

The gem, which is detachable, may now be taken out of the crown or the diadem might not even be worn at all.

A source told The Mail: “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.”

A spokesperson from Design Bundles previously spoke to about the diamond crown.

They said: “The intrigue created by Queen Elizabeth’s gift to Camilla, the Koh-I-Noor tiara, demonstrates people’s interest in the rare stone which is associated with royalty. 

“Every Queen Consort is coronated with a crown which not only acts as an authority symbol but highlights a display of wealth, glamour and influence.

“Rare stones spark similar effects in tiaras, whether worn as accessories with wedding gowns by brides, birthday outfits by celebrants, or any special celebration.

“A tiara signifies who is relevant at any given occasion, just as the Queen Mother’s Crown will be to Camilla in Charles’ investiture as the King next year.”

The crown was made in 1937 for the Queen Mother using many stones already in the royal collection.

Most of the diamonds were removed from Queen Victoria’s Regal Circlet.

The Koh-i-Noor diamond had been successively mounted on the crowns of Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary before landing on the Queen Mother’s coronation crown.

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon later wore the crown at the coronation of her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953.

It is unknown exactly where the Koh-i-Nor diamond came from, although many assume it was created in India.

The earliest reference relates to a powerful Mughal ruler in 1628.

It returned to India in 1813 and become a symbol of power until it was acquired by Britain in 1849.

The crown later became a special possession of Queen Victoria and was displayed at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London.

Since then it has become an integral part of the Crown Jewels. 

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