Queen Consort Camilla is urged not to wear the Cullinan diamond during the upcoming state visit from South Africa’s president.
Trade unionists warn that if either Camilla or the Princess of Wales wore the diamond, which was previously worn by the late Queen Elizabeth II, it would be a ‘most unfortunate’ reminder of colonial-era mining.
Analysts told the The Telegraph that Camilla wearing the diamond would ‘shock’ President Cyril Ramaphosa and be ‘like spitting in the face of South Africans.’
Buckingham Palace has not yet confirmed what jewellery the Royal Family will sport during the state banquet on Tuesday.
The Cullinan Diamond, weighing 3,106 carats in its rough state, was first discovered in 1905 at a mine near Pretoria in South Africa.
It was later presented to King Edward VII as a gift and cuts were used in the Crown Jewels. Other cuts were used to make brooches, necklaces and earrings worn by royalty, including the Queen.
Queen Consort Camilla (pictured yesterday)…