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New Tower of London display acknowledges ‘complex’ history of crown jewels

Contentious circumstances in which controversial jewels were acquired explained by ‘honest, transparent’ exhibition

The Koh-i-noor diamond is a “symbol of conquest” that was acquired by Britain after its child owner was “compelled” to hand it over, a prominent new display at the Tower of London acknowledges, after visitors called for more “honest, transparent” information about the history of the crown jewels.

As part of an overhaul of the Jewel House, where the coronation regalia is kept, visitors will be told in detail for the first time about the complex history of the diamond, which passed through Moghul, Persian and Afghan hands before being acquired by Britain in circumstances which remain highly contentious.

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