Camilla's coronation crown won't feature controversial Koh-i-noor diamond

The Queen Consort’s crown for the coronation has been unveiled – confirming that royals will avoid using a diamond with links to Britain’s colonial past amid fears of a diplomatic row.

Queen Mary’s Crown has been moved from display at the Tower of London for Camilla to wear at the historic event on May 6.

It marks the first time in almost three centuries that an existing crown has been worn, rather than a newly commissioned piece.

The Koh-i-noor diamond – which was seized by the East India Company after its victory in the Second Anglo-Sikh War of 1849 – will not feature on the crown.

The gem was given to Queen Victoria and has remained in the Crown Jewels ever since.

It was set in a cross at the front of Queen Mary’s crown when it was worn at her and King George V’s coronation in 1911.

But it was replaced by a replica in 1937 when the original was moved to the Queen Mother’s crown for her and George VI’s coronation.

A tense situation with India may have emerged if the Koh-i-noor diamond had been used, as ownership is still disputed.

The governing party of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is reported to have warned the gem ‘brings back painful memories of the colonial past’.

Instead, a twist will be put on Queen Mary’s crown to pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

It will be reset with the Cullinan III, IV and V diamonds, which the monarch had in her personal collection and often wore as brooches.

St Edward’s Crown, which will be used for Charles’ coronation, has returned to public display at the Tower following modification work.

Camilla – who is currently battling Covid – is said to have made the decision to wear an existing crown in the interests of sustainability and efficiency.

The King will be crowned alongside his wife at Westminster Abbey in London following his mother’s death in September.

The planning, code-named Operation Golden Orb, has been closely guarded – but it’s been reported that it will be less extravagant than previous ones amid the cost of living crisis.

The new monarch, 73, apparently wants his publicly-funded ceremony to become a marker of his mission to create a more financially viable Royal Family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received an official invitation, Buckingham Palace confirmed last week following months of speculation.

Harry is expected to attend, despite tensions over a string of claims he has recently made in a Netflix show and memoir.

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