December 3, 2023
Petition to return Queen Elizabeth's diamond scepter to South Africa

Petition to return Queen Elizabeth’s diamond scepter to South Africa

Photo: Reuters

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II and all eyes on the United Kingdom, South Africa is asking the royal family to return the world’s largest cut diamond, which rests on one of the King’s makers. For this reason, a petition was opened demanding that the gem be returned for placement in a museum in South America, and nearly 7,000 people have already signed the document.

The site stated that the jewel, known as the Great Star of Africa or Cullinan I, was given as a gift to the family in 1905, during British rule. time out. However, critics of the property claim that, in fact, diamonds could have been stolen from the country.

This controversy over the true owner of the mineral permeates the country, as well as discussions about other gemstones, according to the site.

“The Cullinan diamond must be returned to South Africa with immediate effect. Minerals from our country and other countries continue to benefit the UK at the expense of our people,” said activist Thandoksolo Sapelo.


The stone was presented to King Edward VII of the United Kingdom in 1907, according to the Royal Collection Trust. It was discovered two years ago in a private mine in South Africa. The diamond in its natural form weighs approximately 3106 carats, and the original diamond is said to have been the size of a human heart. Although it was never put up for sale, it is believed to be over R$2 billion.

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