First Published Sep 9, 2022, 12:30 PM IST
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; 21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022. He had a reign of 70 years and 214 days, the longest of any British monarch and the second longest record of any monarch of any sovereign country. Only Louis XIV of France reigned longer than him. At the time of her death, Elizabeth was queen of 14 other Commonwealth states in addition to the United Kingdom.
Kohinoor means mountain of light in Persian. It is one of the largest diamonds in the world. It weighs 105.6 carats. The diamond is currently placed in the crown of the British Queen Mother. Who was Queen Elizabeth’s mother. Legend has it that the stone was first mined in India’s Kallur mines during the Kakatiya dynasty, there is no record of its original weight – but the earliest proven weight is 186 carats. It was later acquired by Sultan Alauddin Khalji of Delhi. However, the first verifiable record of the diamond comes from the 1740s when Muhammad Maharvi mentions the Koh-i-Noor as one of the many stones of the Mughal Peacock Throne that Nader Shah looted from Delhi. The diamond then changed hands between various factions in South and West Asia. Punjab was acquired by the British in 1849. And after this acquisition Kohinoor went to Queen Victoria. Because the British rulers looted this Kohinoor from the eleven-year-old emperor Maharaja Dulip Singh of Punjab.
Earlier this year, Queen Elizabeth announced that her current ‘Queen Consort’ will be Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. So it is certain that he will get the Kohinoor diamond. Charles has already begun to perform all the duties of a king. This was to happen on a very urgent basis after the death of the queen. However, the Royal Family has not yet announced whether there will be a formal coronation at all. With Charles becoming king, every possession of the British monarch would be transferred to him and his wife. There is a legend that Kohinoor is cursed. But we have to see what happens to the new owner of this looted property?
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Last Updated Sep 9, 2022, 12:30 PM IST