London, United Kingdom (CU)_ Queen Elizabeth II the Great, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, passed away at the age of 96. She was first placed under medical observation owing to health concerns. Following the death, Buckingham Palace issued the formal statement late in the evening, after members of the royal family, the Queen’s sons and grandchildren, had gathered at Balmoral Castle, where she was being cared for.
After the conclusion of Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign, Prince Charles will ascend to the throne, bringing in a significant shift involving the Kohinoor diamond. The Queen confirmed earlier this year that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will become Queen Consort upon Prince Charles’ accession to the throne. When this occurs, Camilla will get the famed Kohinoor crown, which belonged to the Queen Mother.
The Kohinoor is a historical diamond weighing 105.6 carats. The diamond was discovered in India in the fourteenth century and passed through numerous hands throughout the years. After the British conquest of Punjab in 1849, the diamond was sent to Queen Victoria. Since then, it has been a part of the British Crown Jewels, although its ownership continues to be contested by at least four countries, including India.
The Kohinoor diamond is now mounted in a platinum crown made for Queen Elizabeth the Great (after known as the Queen Mother) during King George VI’s coronation in 1937. The crown is on exhibit at the Tower of London. According to an exclusive report from the British media, when Prince Charles becomes king, the expensive platinum and diamond crown will be put on Camilla’s head. Elizabeth II became Queen of the throne on February 6, 1952, at the age of 25, after the death of her father, King George VI. The Queen married Prince Philip on November 20, 1947. He died in 2021.