Following news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a trend emerged on the social media platform Twitter demanding the return of the Kohinoor diamond to India in addition to other precious items taken by Britons from different countries to India. colonial era.
Netizens were of the view that the precious diamond, which was presented to Queen Victoria in 1850 and is now displayed as part of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London, should be brought back to the neighboring country.
In the midst of all this, the one thing that is highlighted is how the UK owns many things that were either taken or looted from other countries during their colonial rule. Here is a list of some of these items.
Tipu Sultan’s Ring
Tipu Sultan’s ring is said to have been taken by the British from his corpse in 1799 after he lost the battle against them. According to multiple media reports, the ring sold at an auction in the UK to an unidentified bidder for around £145,000.
According to many media and history records, in 1803 Lord Elgin removed the Marbles from the decaying walls of the Parthenon in Greece and transported them to London. This is also the reason why these precious marbles are called Elgin marbles.
Since 1925, Greece has claimed its priceless possession, but the marbles have remained in the British Museum.
Egyptian activists and archaeologists want to bring the Rosetta Stone back to its homeland. The Rosetta Stone is currently on display at the British Museum.
According to many local newspapers, archaeologists claim they can prove the Rosetta Stone was “stolen” by Britain. The Rosetta Stone dates back to 196 BC and according to historians the famous stone was acquired by Britain after winning battle against France in the 1800s.
Great Star of Africa Diamond
Among the many prized possessions of the Queen, the “Great Star of Africa” diamond clearly stands out. It is the largest diamond in the world and weighs around 530 carats. Estimated at around 400 million US dollars, the Great Star of Africa was mined in South Africa in 1905. According to many African historians, the jewel was mined in 1905 and presented to Edward VII and they claim that the diamond was rather stolen. or plundered by the British government during their reign as settlers. The Great Star of Africa is currently in the Queen’s sceptre.
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