It sounds like satire, but it’s not. A group of people from India, according to the Mail on Sunday, have launched a legal attack against the Queen.
The group of Bollywood stars and businessmen want the Queen to return the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, believed to be worth around £100 million.
The stone was presented to Queen Victoria in 1851 and was mined at Kollur Mine, India. Whether it was a gift, or parts of the spoils of war is up for debate. They have approached the High Court in London asking for the jewel to be returned to India.
Queen Victoria wore it as a brooch before it was placed in Queen Alexandra’s crown, and she wore it at the coronation of her husband – Edward VII.
Businessman David de Souza told the paper: ‘The Koh-i-Noor is one of the many artefacts taken from India under dubious circumstances.’
Bollywood actor Bhumicka Singh added: ‘The Koh-i-Noor is not just a 105-carat stone, but part of our history and culture and should undoubtedly be returned.’
So, just the ones worth lots of money are wanted back, then? Just kidding! … Kinda.
Historian Andrew Roberts added: ‘Those involved in this ludicrous case should recognise that the British Crown Jewels is precisely the right place for the Koh-i-Noor diamond to reside, in grateful recognition for over three centuries of British involvement in India, which led to the modernisation, development, protection, agrarian advance, linguistic unification and ultimately the democratisation of the sub-continent.’
What do you think? Should it be returned?