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Koh-i-Noo’s journey to Britain has also revived the idea of a curse. The ship transporting the diamond was in trouble. First, the crew was plagued with cholera, then threatened by cannon fire from a supposedly friendly port. And finally, the ship was nearly broken in half by a raging storm and entered Portsmouth on June 30, 1850.
“Goodwill” with British Royal women and requests to return the gems
On July 3, 1850, Queen Victoria became the next owner of Koh-i-Noor. Two days earlier, as the diamond set off on its way to London, a lunatic jumped out of the crowd and attacked the Queen with a stick. A year later, the diamond was cut so “catastrophically” that it was only half its original size, but more beautiful. It was the Koh-i-Noor that accompanied Queen Victoria throughout her reign.
Since then, no other British monarch has done so, only the Queens and Queens who have been given the “duty” to wear a crown studded with Koh-i-Noor. Also around this time, India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, and even the Taliban still made demands for the return of the gem.
In 2016, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on a visit to India and a reporter asked if they wanted to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond to foster a better relationship. In confusion, the Attorney General of India said that there was no problem with the return, as the diamond was given as a gift. However, historians stepped in and the official course changed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has said it will do everything in its power to encourage the Royal Family to return the gem in a “friendly” manner.
And so far, reality has proven, Queen Camilla’s abandonment of the tradition of wearing a tiara with a Koh-i-Noor diamond at her coronation is perhaps the best act of goodwill that the British Royal Family can. made in response to a request to return this most famous gem in the world.
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