The royal headpiece that will be used to crown Queen Camilla at the coronation set to take place on May 6 has been disclosed. For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, Buckingham Palace recently announced the name of the historic royal heirloom that will be placed on Queen Camilla’s head during the coronation ceremony.
During the coronation ceremony that will be held at Westminster Abbey, Queen Consort will wear the spectacular Queen Mary’s Crown. Continue reading further to know more about the stunning headpiece that Queen Camilla will adorn when she is crowned alongside King Charles III on May 6.
What royal headpiece will be placed on Queen Camilla’s head when she is crowned?
On Tuesday, Buckingham Palace revealed that the Queen Consort will don a stunning Queen Mary’s Crown on the coronation that will see the light of day on May 6. The royal headpiece which was worn by Queen Mary when she took part in the coronation alongside her husband, King George V, in 1911 consists of a total of 2,200 diamonds.
Buckingham Palace went on to state that this will be the first time in recent history that the existing crown will be used for the coronation of a Queen Consort instead of a new commission being made. The palace further added, “in the interests of sustainability and efficiency.” It was also mentioned that the last time a Queen Consort’s crown was reused was in the 18th century, when Queen Caroline, consort of George II, wore Mary of Modena’s crown.
It has been reported that the crown will be slightly modified to add a special touch honoring the late Queen Elizabeth II who passed away at the age of 96 on September 8, 2022. As of this moment, work is underway to alter the headpiece with the Cullinan III, IV, and V diamonds that were part of the late monarch’s personal jewelry collection. She often wore them as brooches.
On previous occasions, Cullinan diamonds (which are part of the famous Cullinan diamond, the largest ever found) have been set into Queen Mary’s Crown including when the Cullinan III and IV were temporarily set in the crown for the 1911 coronation.
What did sources from India’s Bharatiya Janata Party have to say about Camilla’s coronation?
During an October interview with The Telegraph, a close source from the Bharatiya Janata Party in India said, “The coronation of Camilla and the use of the crown jewel Koh-i-Nûr brings back painful memories of the colonial past.”
The source added, “Most Indians have very little memory of the oppressive past. Five to six generations of Indians suffered under multiple foreign rules for over five centuries. The coronation of the new Queen Camilla and the use of the Koh-i-Nûr do transport a few Indians back to the days of the British Empire in India.”
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