as part of the "Crown Jewels" HMQ Mary's crown wasn't allowed to leave the British Isles, and therefore a new piece was created for the occasion, funded by the Indian Office for the event.
Isn't this the case? Not through choice of diplomacy, but a fundamental House principle.
As for the Koh-I-Noor, I'm confused as to why there's this fable that it's been stolen, even when handed to Ranjit Singh by HMQ Victoria, he took pleasure in personally 'giving' it to her himself. Surely that would quash any ideas of it being stolen or appropriated by coersion.
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