In theory they should be Tons of crowns and jewels to choose from.
But as Buckingham Palace works to avoid international controversy over the Kohinoor diamond, the aide had to look back 200 years to find the right hat. for the Queen’s coronation.
Lesser-known crowns, including one worn by Queen Adelaide in 1831, are understood to be competing for next year’s event.
The crown of Queen Adelaide, used at the famously frugal coronation of William IV, is part of the Royal Collection, but was carefully removed from display at the Tower of London earlier this year, leaving its whereabouts a mystery today.
Other major options are believed to include the 1820 Diamond Diadem. It was modified and worn by Queens and Queens of Adelaide and beyond.
Crown made for the coronation of Queen Mary and Queen Alexandra Temporary Koh-i-NoorIt can be used.
An expert told The Telegraph that Queen Elizabeth’s controversial crown could be used as originally planned.
However, they warned that the change would be an important public statement about Koh-i-Noor’s legitimacy, which the royal family wants to avoid.
According to one source, this crown would visually more closely resemble the modern royal family, but was previously only used for the journey to the coronation, not the “coronation” itself.
India’s ruling party said this week that the queen’s choice to wear a crown containing Kohinoor diamonds would bring back “painful memories of the colonial past” for generations of Indians. .
Buckingham Palace said No coronation details It hadn’t been decided yet.
Sources say the King, Queen and their team do not want to incite debate or controversy over their choices and will be “very sensitive” to the mood of the public.
You can make a whole new crown, Drive to reflect on the 2023 event The economic challenges facing the UK population make it an unattractive option, sources said.
As jewelry historian, author and podcaster Carol Woolton puts it:
She said other diamonds in the royal collection, such as Cullinan III and IV, now brooches, would replace the crystal replicas in Queen Elizabeth’s Queen Consort’s crown, or the current coronation crown. I expected it to be possible. Queen Mary and Alexandra.
“Eliminating Kohinoor would be perfectly in line with what they have done. [the Royal family] I do it all the time,” she said. She “never left a crown with jewels. Before Queen Victoria, I always replaced stones to fill empty spaces.”
She pointed out that Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen would be “crowned.”
“I think they’ll hunt around for crowns that are somehow related to the Queen and create a link. [to the previous wearer],” she said.
Royal and military historian Christopher Joll has predicted that Queen Adelaide’s crown (the last queen’s crown not to feature a Kohinoor) would be the frontrunner and more likely than a new crown to be made. did.
The crown was made for the coronation of William IV and Adelaide, and at the time was called the ‘half-crown country’ because the king insisted on removing as many expensive ceremonial elements as possible. .
Queen Adelaide has put an end to the common practice of using gemstones for her coronation, choosing instead to use her own collection.
The jewels were then removed from the crown, leaving the skeleton.
It is now part of the Royal Collection and was displayed in the Tower of London until its location was unknown in May of this year.
1820 Diamond Diademis a much simpler option that can be used as-is without expensive modifications or additions and was originally created for the Coronation of George IV.
Queen Elizabeth II is famously depicted on coins, banknotes and stamps en route to the opening of the Houses of Parliament and her coronation.
on thursday The debate about Koh-i-Noor continues.
Anita Anand, who recently co-hosted four episodes of the Empire podcast on diamonds, said diamonds are among the most controversial gems in the royal Indian collection.
Kapil Dudekia, socio-political commentator and writer for Asian Voice, said: We return the entire crown to India as a sign of our unity.
“The Kohinoor represents a very deep wound and no one would want Her Majesty to start reigning with something that projects such a negative image of Britain and the royal family.”
Highlighting multiple claims to the stone, campaigners from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran also insisted it should be returned, said a Sikh Federation spokesman.Koh-i-Noor Diamond Belonging to the Sikh Nation, it was taken from the Sikh Kingdom of Maharaja after the Anglo-Sikh War.
“As far as we are concerned, Indian leaders can avoid coronations. I am a Christian.”