Friday, August 3, 2012

Timeline of the Koh-i-Nur (Koh-i-Noor) Diamond: 1850 to Present Day

HMS Medea
Photo Credit CQOut

1850 AD
Having set sail from Bombay on the HMS Medea on April 6, the Koh-i-Nur diamond was delivered to Sir J. W. Logg, Deputy Chairman of the East India Company. Deputy Logg presented the diamond to Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, in the presence of Sir John Hobhouse, at Buckingham Palace on July 3, 1850.

1851 AD
The Koh-i-Nur, along with the Daryanoor diamond and Timur’s Ruby, went on display at the Great Exhibition in London. In October, at the end of the Exhibition, the Koh-i-Nur was returned to Queen Victoria.

1902 AD
The diamond was set into the jeweled cross at the front of Queen Alexandra’s coronation crown. The crown is pictured in Her Majesty’s coronation photographs.

Queen Alexandra's Coronation
Photo Credit: Chest of Books

1937 AD
The Koh-i-Nur diamond was chosen as the crowning jewel for Queen Elizabeth’s crown (now called the Queen Mother’s Crown). She wore the diamond in the crown on her coronation day as Consort to George VI. Patterned after the crown of Queen Mary, this beautiful platinum crown studded with diamonds currently resides in the Tower of London. This was the last time the Koh-i-Nur diamond was worn in public.


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*Clip art courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

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