Charles of England and Queen Camilla worried about a cursed diamond: they will have to change their crown

First trouble for the coronation. At the center is a dispute between the United Kingdom and India, but not only. The jewel dates back to the colonial era and brings back painful memories. But plan B is ready

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A cursed diamond could ruin the coronation ceremony of King Charles III and his wife. The jewel in question is the famous Koh-i-Noor, 105 carats, one of the largest in the world, placed on the frontal cross of the crown with which Camilla should be consecrated queen consort, on May 6 in Westminster Abbey - Photo | video

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THE DISPUTE WITH L'INDIA – The diamond has a controversial past and is at the center of a dispute involving various countries. In 1850 it belonged to the heir maharajah of the Punjab throne, who was only 11 years old. It is said that the boy was forced to 'give' the jewel to the British after they imprisoned his mother. It ended up in the hands of Queen Victoria who wore it first as a brooch, then as a necklace. The diamond was finally mounted on the crown worn by queens consorts Alexandra and Mary in 1902 and 1911. It was last seen on the head of the queen mother in 1937. A representative of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata party said to the Daily Telegraph: 'The choice to wear that diamond would take us back to the times of the British Empire and would bring back painful memories of the colonial past'.

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THE LEGEND – In short, the jewel was stolen by the white invader. And other countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh claim it belongs to them.
Showing it worldwide during the coronation would cause diplomatic friction with India, whose relations are already cracked over immigration issues and trade relations. The diamond is said to have originally been 191 carats, but was later cut by the royal jeweler Garrard. There seem to be historical references to the jewel since 3,200 BC. C., probably in Afghanistan. Legend says that men are forbidden to wear it, on pain of an unspecified curse. Since 1947, when India became independent, there have been numerous requests to have it back.

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THE PLAN B – King Charles is well aware of this problem, after all the Koh-i-Noor is not the only controversial jewel kept in the Tower of London. The Palace is therefore developing a plan B. One option could be to remove the diamond from the crown. Or choose a simpler headdress (there are several available). Buckingham Palace declines to discuss the matter and promises that more details on the coronation will be provided at a later date.

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EVEN THE OIL WORRIES – It is not only the diamond that causes controversy. But also the sacred oil that has been used for centuries to anoint the sovereign. The liquid includes a concoction extracted from civets, African carnivores that look like wild cats. Animal protection associations are demanding that the oil is no longer produced. In fact, a part is extracted from the glands of these animals with a very painful procedure, during which many die of hunger. La Peta appealed directly to the king to change the tradition and use another oil.

Source: oggi.it