The controversial reason Camilla may not wear inherited Queen Mother's crown at King Charles's coronation

The Queen Consort will be crowned alongside King Charles III at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023, eight months after Queen Elizabeth's death

The controversial reason Camilla may not wear Queen Mother's crown at King Charles's coronation
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Queen Camilla may not wear the Queen Mother's crown at her upcoming coronation alongside King Charles III, amid renewed pressure for the headpiece's Koh-i-Noor diamond to be returned to India. 

Queen Camilla may not wear the Queen Mother's crown at her coronation this summer, as controversy over the extravagant headpiece's most iconic jewel resurges in light of Her Majesty's death. 

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Tuesday that King Charles III's coronation will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6, 2023, in what's expected to be a shorter and less costly version of his late mother's crowning in 1953. 

Camilla will also be anointed and crowned at the historic ceremony, becoming the first Queen Consort of Britain in over seven decades. 

King Charles will wear the St. Edward's Crown, which was made in 1661 and originally belonged to Saint Edward the Confessor, in the final ritual of the upcoming coronation. Weighing nearly 5lb, the mighty headpiece boasts 22 carats of gold and currently resides in the Tower of London. 

It's been predicted that Queen Camilla will be adorned by the Queen Mother's crown as a tribute to Charles's beloved late grandmother and in keeping with the royal tradition of wearing family heirlooms. The platinum garland, which is also kept in the Tower of London, is encrusted by about 2,800 diamonds and boasts four detachable arches that allow it to be worn as an open crown. Its last public outing took place for the Queen Mother's lying-in-state in 2002, when it was placed on the late consort's coffin. 


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However, controversy over the crown's history has led to whispers that Camilla may not wear the decadent headpiece for the occasion. 

The Queen Mother's crown contains the Koh-i-Noor, one of the largest cut diamonds in the world. Translating to 'Mountain of Light', the Persian stone was likely first discovered in Southern India between 1100 and 1300. It went on to have multiple different owners over the next few centuries but has resided in Britain ever since it was acquired by Queen Victoria in 1850. 

The governments of India, Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan have all claimed to be the rightful owners of the Koh-i-Noor ever since India gained its independence from the UK in 1947. Demands for the stone's restitution have resurfaced in light of Queen Elizabeth II's death, with petitions even circulating to put public pressure on the UK government to return it. 

The British government has defended its right to keep the Koh-i-Noor however, arguing that it legally obtained the jewel under the terms of the Last Treaty of Lahore.  

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.