Searching for a crown Queen Camilla.
Such as Controversy over the origin of the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond – Axis Queen ElizabethThe Queen Mother’s tiara and the most obvious of Camilla’s use – continues, we peek into the royal vault to see what alternative regalia might be considered appropriate for this historic occasion.
Queen Adelaide’s ornate crown from 1831 is a contender. The wife of King William IV, dressed in white and gold, had ordered an entirely new coronation crown to crown them. Instead of using loaned gemstones, which was standard practice at the time, Adelaide used its own diamonds for the crown, which were later removed.
according to telegraphThe crown mysteriously disappeared from display at the Tower of London earlier this year. But royal jeweler Lauren Keehanna court jeweler People tell Camilla the odds of a 200-year-old wearing the crown are slim.
“The only original part of this crown is its frame, which is likely to be much heavier and more difficult to balance than a more modern frame due to the materials used to make it,” Kehena says.
Likewise, the tiaras of both Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary – who bore the Koh-i-Noor diamond for their coronation in 1902 and 1911 respectively – are made of gold and silver… and are likely too heavy for modern day wear.
“Alexandra and Mary wore complementary hair pieces (like many women of their day) which would loosen their crowns somewhat, making them uncomfortable to wear now when these pieces were not being used,” Kiehna notes.
Another option is to use Queen Elizabeththe Queen Mother’s tiara, which she wore to be crowned alongside King George VI in 1937, but she removed the controversial diamond Koh-i-Nûr and replaced it with a crystal or other gem.
“Of the crowns available, it is the lightest and easiest to wear because it has a platinum frame,” Kiehna says. “I think the Koh-i-Noor will and should be removed from the crown if it is used. There is nothing controversial about the crown itself, just the diamond.”
The diamond (which weighs a staggering 105.6 carats) is at the center of an international conflict as demand in India for its return increases. One of the largest diamonds in the world, it has a turbulent history with many previous owners. According to the Historic Royal Palace website, “The East India Company took the jewel from the deposed Maharaja Dulip Singh in 1849, as a condition of the Treaty of Lahore. The treaty provided for the jewel to be handed over to Queen Victoria.” It is also subject to property claims in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
If the Queen Mother’s crown or frame was used, it would make perfect sense for it to symbolize the nation’s former queen.
“Charles has been eager to use jewelry to bind the ties between his beloved grandmother and his wife from the beginning of their marriage – even giving her one of the Queen Mother’s rings as an engagement ring – and the use of the coronation tiara would naturally continue this narrative thread,” says Kehna.
Another option is to make a new, bespoke crown, although this may not fit into Charles’ “make and fix” spirit. It could be considered a poor optic in the current economic climate, although it could do something less generous than its predecessors and opt for recycled gold and gemstones.
It has also been speculated using a wreath – specifically the state wreath of George IV, which Queen Elizabeth She wore it on the way to her coronation in 1953. However, as Keehna says, coronation by nature requires a crown.
“You cannot crown a person with a diadem or a crown,” she says. “I think even trying to use anything else would be seen as a comment on Camilla’s status, suggesting that she is not on par with previous queens, which is certainly something Charles will be keen to avoid.”