Photo Credit CQOut
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, who presented the diamond to Her Majesty, Queen
Victoria, in the presence of Sir John Hobhouse, at
on July 3. Buckingham Palace
The Koh-i-Nur, along with the Daryanoor and Timur’s Ruby, went on display at the Great Exhibition in
In October, at the end of the Exhibition, the Koh-i-Nur was returned to Queen Victoria.
Disappointed in the gems lackluster appearance,
hired the experts at Coster Diamonds in Amsterdam
to cut the diamond into a brilliant, reducing it by up to 43% of its original
size. Mounted in a brooch for the Queen, who wore it often, the diamond was
kept in . Windsor Castle
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
The Koh-i-Nur diamond was set, along with the Cullinan I & II, in the crown of Queen Mary for her coronation as Queen Consort to George V. Her crown was manufactured by Garrard & Company and contained over 2,200 diamonds.
The Koh-i-Nur diamond was chosen as the crowning jewel for Queen Elizabeth’s crown (now called Queen Mother’s Crown). She wore the crown (and the diamond) 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
. This was the last time the
Koh-i-Nur diamond was worn in public. Tower of London
Queen Elizabeth II made a visit on the 50th anniversary of
At this time, Indians in India
and Britain made demands for
the return of the diamond to India.
This request has been denied to date.
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