The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reportedly warned that the move will evoke “painful memories of colonial history” and plans for the Queen’s coronation with Kohinoor diamonds are being reconsidered.
Buckingham Palace officials Yes Queen Camilla is considering whether she should wear the precious diamond when she is crowned with her husband Charles III at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023.
Last worn in 1937 by the Queen Mother of King George VI, the crown is set with 2,800 diamonds and the front cross is set with a 105-carat Kohinoor, one of the largest cut diamonds in the world.
The BJP has been openly opposed to the use of the precious diamond, which it claims rightfully belongs to India.
“Camilla’s coronation and the use of Kohinoor, the crown jewel, evoke painful memories of colonial history,” a BJP spokesman told The Telegraph. “Most Indians have little to no repression of the past. Memory. For more than five centuries, five or six generations of Indians have suffered under multiple foreign rules.
“Recent events such as the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the coronation of the new Queen Camilla and the use of the Koh-i-Noor have indeed brought some Indians back to the days of the British Empire in India,” the spokesman added.
Reports have suggested that the queen’s coronation could see Kohinoor diamonds fall off the tiara, or the new king and queen could use other tiaras in the royal collection.
India-UK relations beat Recently, the India-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was reportedly angered by the Indian government’s remarks over British Home Secretary Suella Braverman questioning action against visa overstayers in the country.
The Times, citing government sources, said Delhi’s ministers were “shocked and disappointed” by Braverman’s “disrespectful” remarks.