Story of Kohinoor Diamond:- Kohinoor often touted as the most precious diamond in the World, it’s weight around 105.6 carats. The diamond was found in India in the 14th century. The precious diamond was found in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh during the reign of the Kakatiya Dynasty. It’s also called mountain of light.
History of Kohinoor Diamond
The very first ‘verified’ mention of this Kohinoor stone crops up in the Baburnama, the writings of Mughal ruler Babur. Babur acquired the rock after defeating the Ibrahim Lodi, who was the last of the Delhi Sultans, in first battle of Panipat.Historian NB Sen, among others, has written that from the Babur,then the diamond passed to Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb, before coming into the possession of his grandson, Sultan Mahamad.
The diamond was given to Queen Victoria in 1849 following annexation of Punjab during Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s son Dileep Singh’s rule.At this time Dileep Singh was only of 14 years and the diamond was the symbol of the peace and the treaty in the nation.
While the Queen Victoria wore it as a brooch, Kohinoor soon became the part of crown jewels – first in the crown of Queen Alexandra and then in the crown of Queen Mary.
Queen Elizabeth wore the crown without its arches at the State Openings of Parliament during the reign of King George VI.The crown, which has a platinum frame set with 2,800 diamonds, has a front cross holding the Kohinoor diamond in a detachable platinum mount.
Originally, the stone was of similar cut to the other Mughal-era diamonds, like the Daria-i-Noor, which are now in Iranian Crown Jewels. In the year of 1851, it went on display at the Great Exhibition in London, but the lacklustre cut failed to impress the viewers.
Where is Kohinoor Diamond Today?
Today, the diamond is on the public display in Jewel House at the Tower of the London. The governments of India, Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan have all claimed the ownership of the Koh-i-Noor and demanded its return ever since India gained the independence from the UK in the year of 1947. The British government insists the gem was obtained legally under terms of the Last Treaty of Lahore and has rejected the claims.
The diamond is set in platinum crown that was made for the wife of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, in the 1930s. It was placed on the Queen Mother’s coffin during her 2002 funeral and has since sat on public display in Tower of London. That was when a British amateur geologist interviewed a gemologists and the historians on the diamond’s origins and wrote the history of the Koh-i-Noor diamond which served as the basis for most future stories of the diamond. But according to the historians Anita Anand and William Dalrymple, that geologist got it all wrong.
This is not the first time that the diamond’s return has been sought. Upon the India’s independence in 1947, the government asked for diamond back. Our country India made another demand in the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. These demands fell on deaf ears, with U.K. Arguing that there is no legal grounds for the Kohinoor’s restitution to India.
The King Charles III, is the new monarch, who received the Kohinoor-studded crown.He is of 73 years According to Kohinoor’s ascension history, the diamond will instead go to the following Queen, who is in this instance is Camilla Parker Bowles, the Queen Consort.
Now India demands the Kohinoor diamond for this time.
Will British get back the Kohinoor to India….?
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