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Indians believe that it is now time for it to go back home. There have been calls for the Kohinoor diamond to return to Southern India since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-reigning queen, passed away on 8 September 2022 at the age of 96. The oldest monarch to ever ascend to the British throne, Charles will now rule as King. He gave the country his first speech, and the Kohinoor Diamond will undergo another alteration as the world mourns.
The Kohinoor, a 105.6 carat diamond, is currently mounted in a platinum crown that was originally made for Queen Elizabeth for the coronation of King George VI in 1937 and was later given to Queen Elizabeth II when she succeeded to the throne.
Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall, will succeed to the throne when Charles is crowned. According to sources, Camilla will wear the famous Kohinoor crown that belonged to the Queen Mother. The coronation has not yet been given a specific date.
The Kohinoor was discovered in India in the fourteenth century and passed through many hands over the years. In the period between 1100 and 1300, the Kakatiya Dynasty is thought to have discovered Kohinoor in Golconda.
After the Siege of Warangal in 1310, Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji is thought to have obtained the diamond from the Kakatiya dynasty. Babur Shajahan, Nadir Shah, and Ahmad Shah Durrani were a few of the other emperors of the Mughal Empire that owned Kohinoor during their reigns.
The diamond was given to Queen Victoria in 1849 as a result of the British occupation of Punjab. Since then, Kohinoor has been a part of the British crown jewels, although a long-standing ownership issue still surrounds it.
In the Tower of London, a crown of Kohinoor jewels is preserved on display.
Not just the Kohinoor, either! The Great Star of Africa, popularly known as the Cullinan Diamond, is the largest clean-cut diamond in the world and belongs to Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1905, a 530-carat stone was taken from South Africa. The value of the stone is put at $400 million.
Calls to return the Kohinoor & Cullinan to their home country are circulating on social media following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Will the “Great Star of Africa” and “Kohinoor” Diamond be sent back home?