Indians To Queen Elizabeth: Give Us Back Our $100 Million Diamond

Does a famous diamond procured during Britain's harsh rule in India really belong to the queen? A group of Indians say no way.

The Imperial State Crown is the most magnificent of all the Crown Regalia for the United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II. It features the stunning Koh-i-Noor diamond, which according to the Indians was stolen from their country. The Koh-i-Noor was presented to Queen Victoria in 1850 under the empire's rule.

Now a group in India wants it back, saying the diamond was never rightfully the monarchy's in the first place.

The diamond is one of the oldest and most valuable diamonds in the world. The Koh-i-Noor, which means "mountain of light" in Urdu, was first recorded in 1306. A Hindu text at the time said: "Only God or woman can wear it with impunity."

Imperial Crown

Bollywood stars and businessmen have united to instruct lawyers to begin legal proceedings in London’s High Court. 

"The Koh- i-Noor is one of the many artifacts taken from India under dubious circumstance," David de Souza, of the Indian leisure group Tito’s, said.

Bollywood star 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."

Queen Elizabeth

The U.K. government, however, has rejected returning the diamond, which is among the most stunning in the British crown jewels. British Prime Minister David Cameron even called returning the Koh-i-Noor "illogical."

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