The diamond now resides in the Tower of London. Since 1947, the Indian government has campaigned for its rightful return to India, alleging that the gemstone was stolen by the British royals. The matter was taken to the Indian Supreme Court, which ruled that it couldn’t force the UK to return the diamond as it had been gifted.
In 2010, David Cameron, then the British Prime Minister, caused controversy when he told an Indian TV station that he opposed the diamond's return. He stated: "If you say yes to one, you suddenly find the British Museum would be empty. It is going to have to stay put." Queen Elizabeth II created even more uproar in 2020, when she complained about the weight of the crown that houses the Koh-i-Noor.
Despite the backlash, the British monarchy evidently has no intention of giving it back. The diamond was meant to be passed on to Queen Camilla, though she chose alternative jewels for her coronation crown, likely due to the dispute surrounding its ownership.
Pictured: Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wearing the Koh-i-Noor crown in 1937.