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Buckingham Palace Rejects Koh-i-Noor Story for King Charles’s Coronation

by Ayushi Veda
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Buckingham Palace has reportedly rejected a request to include the story of the Koh-i-Noor diamond in King Charles’s coronation ceremony. Royal expert, Anna Whitelock, claims that the Palace sees the diamond as a “side story” and not central to the coronation.

The Koh-i-Noor diamond is a large, historic diamond that is part of the British Crown Jewels. It has a long and controversial history, having been taken from India during the British colonial period. Many in India see it as a symbol of their country’s cultural heritage and have called for its return.

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Whitelock, who is a professor of history and director of the Centre for Public History at Royal Holloway, University of London, claims that the Palace’s decision not to include the Koh-i-Noor story is a missed opportunity to acknowledge Britain’s colonial past and its impact on other cultures.

She argues that the coronation is a key moment in which the monarch can demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of history and show a willingness to engage with different perspectives.

The decision has been met with criticism from some quarters, with many arguing that the Koh-i-Noor story should be included in the coronation ceremony. Others have defended the Palace’s decision, arguing that the ceremony should focus on the monarch and their role, rather than on other issues.

The coronation of King Charles is not expected to take place until after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. However, planning for the event is already underway, and decisions about the ceremony are being made.

The decision not to include the Koh-i-Noor story is just one of many decisions that will need to be made in the lead-up to the coronation. As the ceremony approaches, there is likely to be continued debate and discussion about what should be included and what should be left out.

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