The Crown Jewels have been symbols of Britain's darkish colonial previous. The now-independent nations need them again.

  • King Charles III and Queen Camilla wore most of the royal household’s Crown Jewels at their coronation.
  • Critics say the a number of the giant gems symbolize the British empire’s darkish historical past of imperialism.
  • The newly topped British monarch is going through renewed calls to repatriate the sought-after treasures.

Forward of King Charles III’s coronation, Buckingham Palace assured the general public that Queen Camilla wouldn’t put on the extremely controversial Koh-i-Noor Diamond throughout the festivities.

As an alternative, she sported the Cullinan Diamonds, a set of gems related to Britain’s colonial historical past in South Africa, and the Lahore Diamond, one other controversial gem.

For a lot of within the now-independent former colonies of British rule, these diamonds, together with others within the royal household’s assortment of Crown Jewels, are a reminder of the painful historical past of exploitation.

Buckingham Palace did not instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark for this story.