King Charles Coronation: South Africans Call For Return Of Diamonds Used In British Crown Since 1907

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Some South Africans want the “Star of Africa,” the largest diamond in the world, which is set in the royal sceptre that King Charles III will hold at his coronation on Saturday, May 6, returned from the United Kingdom.

In 1905, a 530-carat diamond that came to be known as the “Star of Africa” was found in South Africa. Two years later, the colonial administration in the nation—which was then ruled by the British—presented it to the British Monarchy.

Recently, several conquered African nations have received artifacts back from European nations.

Some South Africans have requested that the diamond be brought back after recent artifact returns from Germany to Edo state and Finland to Namibia.

Mothusi Kamanga, a Johannesburg based lawyer who wrote an online petition that has amassed about 8,000 signatures, said to Reuters;

“The diamond needs to come to South Africa. It needs to be a sign of our pride, our heritage and our culture…I think generally the African people are starting to realise that to decolonise is not just to let people have certain freedoms, but it’s also to take back what has been expropriated from us.”

Another South African, Mohamed Abdullahi, said to the publication, “I believe it should be brought back home because, at the end of the day, they took it from us while they were oppressing us.”
The 3,100-carat Cullinan diamond, which was mined in Pretoria, provided the raw material for the Cullinan I diamond, which is shown on the sceptre. A smaller diamond cut from the same stone known as Cullinan II is put in the Imperial State Crown that British monarchs wore on ceremonial occasions. Along with the other crown jewels and the sceptre, it is kept in the Tower of London.
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