Diamond diadem, or 200-year-old crown. What will Queen Consort Camilla choose for her coronation?
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The coronation of King Charles III will take place on May 6, 2023. The ceremony promises to be beautiful and in compliance with all traditions, except for very ancient ones. Queen consort Camilla will also be crowned. But a new problem has emerged. The Queen Mother's crown, which was first chosen, is adorned with the Kohinoor diamond, and due to the claims of India, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan and the colonial past, it will not be used. Now royal experts are at a loss as to which crown will be chosen for the ceremony. It turned out that the choice is very large. The Daily Mail writes about this.
To avoid disputes about Kohinoor, the Queen Mother's crown will remain in the Tower, where royal treasures are stored. There is still time until next May, but experts have already suggested what they will choose from and what crown the Duchess Camilla will put on her head.
It could probably be the elegant crown of Queen Adelaide, which she wore at the coronation of her husband William IV in 1831. Until that time, all queens used the crown of Queen Mary of Modena, made in 1685, but it was so “worn out” for more than 200 years, but they made a new one for Adelaide.
Other variations include the 1820 diamond tiara that was made for the coronation of George IV. And worn by the late Queen Elizabeth II on her way to her coronation in 1953, and then at every State Opening of Parliament.
This is a famous diadem, because the queen posed for official portraits, stamps, coins, put on it for official dinners and receptions.
She is adorned with 1333 diamonds and pearls, as well as a four-carat pale yellow diamond
Crowns designed for the coronation of Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII in 1902, and of King George V's wife, Queen Mary for the coronation in 1911, are other options under consideration.
Interestingly, the crowns of Alexandra and Mary were previously also decorated with Kohinoor, but in the end it was removed and rearranged into another crown for another queen. Also, the largest stones in these crowns were replaced with copies. So it is not known whether they will be returned back if they are chosen for the coronation after all.
By the way, the Art Deco crown of Queen Mary of Teck , was originally adorned with approximately 2200 diamonds, and not only the Kohinoor, but also the Cullinan III and Cullinan IV diamonds. In 1937, some gems were replaced with crystals. But the crown was made in such a way that it could be worn like a diadem, which Queen Mary, who loves diamonds, often used.