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Camilla, Queen consort: these Royal symbols she is about to give up

On May 6, the coronation of King Charles III will be held in London. Camilla Parker Bowles, who is at the center of all the attention, is preparing to give up some royal symbols, as reported by the British media Private Eye.

In the 1970s, no one could have predicted that one day Camilla Parker Bowles would become Queen Consort of the Kingdom of England. Over time, she and King Charles III have become inseparable. The latter used to declare that the one he married in 2005 was “the non-negotiable part of [his] life”. This love story has nevertheless known torments. When Lady Diana died, Camilla had to redefine her image.

Now, as the King’s coronation approaches – it will be held in London on May 6, under the vaults of Westminster Abbey – the British woman from Plumpton (Sussex) is even more in the spotlight. According to Private Eye, the wife of Charles III is preparing to give up several royal symbols. The British magazine cites the Koh-i-Noor diamond, but also the ivory scepter. Since the late seventeenth century, the latter was usually worn by the queens consorts.

Controversial Royal symbols

The Koh-i-Noor diamond has been in the possession of the British monarchy since the 19th century. In the past, the jewel was held by a number of Afghan, Persian and Indian rulers. The fact that it is in the hands of the monarchy has been the subject of controversy for several hundred years. Some Indians have demanded that it be returned to them, arguing that the jewel had been stolen. The queen consort, in order to extinguish the controversy, could therefore opt for a crown set with a replica of this diamond.

What about the ivory scepter? According to Private Eye, it is Prince William – who has at heart to ensure the protection of elephants, often the target of poachers who attack them for their tusks – who would have motivated the abandonment of such a royal symbol.

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