Death of Elizabeth II: why the Koh-i-Noor diamond on the Queen’s crown is controversial

Death of Elizabeth II: why the Koh-i-Noor diamond on the Queen’s crown is controversial

William Dominguez

When you see the images of Elizabeth II’s coffin, you must have noticed the Queen’s crown resting on it, with its 2,800 diamonds, including the Koh-i-Noor, one of the most valuable in the world. For a few days there has been talk on social networks about the presence of this stone on the royal crown.

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place this Monday at Westminster Abbey in London. The Queen’s coffin is currently on display there and open to the public to allow Britons to pay their last respects. A coffin on which was placed the crown of the Queen of England, one of the jewels of the royal family, set with 2,800 diamonds including one of the most valuable in the world, the Koh-i-Noor. A stone that has been controversial for a few days with a hashtag on social networks.

A value of 170 million euros

The hashtag Koh-i-Noor has been shared tens of thousands of times on Twitter since the death of Queen Elizabeth II. It is a diamond of almost 106 carats, whose gross value is estimated at 170 million euros, to which must be added the historical value. The problem is that it actually belongs to India, at least according to several high-ranking Indian dignitaries, supported by a majority of the country’s population. They claim rightful ownership of the stone and demand its return. A recurring controversy that has persisted since India’s independence in 1947.

To better understand the context, we must jump into history, where we find the first written traces of Koh-i-noor in the chronicles of Babur, an Indian prince, founder of the Mongol Empire. There he writes that the diamond then belongs to the king of India. The Koh-i-Noor then passed from one dynasty to another between India and Afghanistan before being confiscated by the British Crown in 1849.


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