Queen Consort Camilla and King Charles will be crowned next year. There are already discussions as to what crown the future queen will use.
Queen Consort Camilla To Wear Queen Mother's Controversial Tiara?
King Charles' wife will also be crowned alongside him on May 6, 2023, at Westminster Abbey, London. There are suggestions for Camilla to wear the crown specially made for Queen Mother for King George VI's coronation in 1937.
King Charles was very close to his grandmother, the Queen Mother. Several reports also indicated that the said crown has always been earmarked for Camilla to wear, People reported.
However, it contains one of the most famous but controversial diamonds — the Koh-i-Nûr diamond. It is the centerpiece of the popular tiara but also at the center of an international row as demands in India has grown that it be returned.
It was initially acquired by the then-East India Company and brought to Britain, where it ended up as part of Queen Victoria's collection. It is also subject to ownership claims in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
"The coronation of Camilla and the use of the crown jewel Koh-i-Nûr brings back painful memories of the colonial past," a source speaking for the Bharatiya Janata Party told The Telegraph.
"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 source said. "The coronation of the new Queen Camilla and the use of the Koh-i-Nûr do transport a few Indians back to the days of the British Empire in India."
Should Queen Consort Camilla Wear The Controversial Crown Or Not?
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly weighed in on the issue of whether Camilla should wear the controversial but significant tiara. In his opinion, the decision is up to the palace.
"Ultimately, decisions like that are for the palace. The palace is really very good at assessing the public, and indeed the international mood," Cleverly told Sky News.
"We have a fantastic relationship with India and Indian people. It is a decision for the palace and I have no doubt the coronation will be an absolute celebration."
Buckingham Palace announced the details of King Charles' coronation Tuesday. It falls on the same day as Archie's 4th birthday.
"The Coronation will reflect the monarch's role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry," the announcement continued, adding that "Further details will be announced in due course."
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