The Crowning Glory
“It is not only very difficult to balance, but it could possibly break my neck if I look down,” exclaimed Queen Elizabeth II, while being in shoot for a 2018 BBC documentary. She had commented on Saint Edward’s Crown! Named after Saint Edward the Confessor, it has been traditionally used to crown the British monarchs during the time of their coronation services, since the 13th Century…
The original crown was a holy relic kept at the Westminster Abbey, Edward’s burial place, until the regalia was either sold or melted down when the Parliament abolished the Monarchy in 1649 during the English Civil War. The current version of St Edward’s Crown was made for Charles II in 1661. It is made of solid gold, 30cm tall, weighing 2.23kg, and is decorated with 444 precious and semi-precious stones. Since 1689, it had not been used to crown a monarch. King George V revived the tradition in 1911. Thereafter, all subsequent monarchs have been crowned using St Edward’s Crown, the image of which is used on the coats of arms, badges, logos and various other insignia in the Commonwealth realms to symbolise the royal authority of Queen Elizabeth II. When not in use, the Crown is on public display in the chamber, called the Jewel House, at the Tower of London.
Perhaps, the Queen was not aware in 2018 that it was the era of Internet. As the Queen herself had given people an opportunity to crack the joke, the Netizens grabbed it in a prompt fashion. They have advised the Queen to return the Kohinoor – one of the largest and most well-known diamonds in the world that has been studded in that crown, weighing 21.12gm, which was taken by the British colonial rulers from India – back to the South Asian nation. On Twitter, a Netizen wrote: “Stolen property does that!” Another commented: “Our ancestral diamonds no more enjoyable, I see!”
On the same Social Media platform, Bethany Ridley-Duff stated: “The weight of all that colonialism is heavy… huh!” For his part, Indian Netizen Dr Soumitra Pathare wrote on Twitter: “We could help take some weight of your head. 21.12gm to be precise. If you could just return the Kohinoor back to us, which your ancestors stole from here.”
Although the Government of India clarified in 2016 that the Kohinoor diamond was a gift to the British and that they could keep it, the joke never gets old. It is out to become almost a legend now!
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