Calls for the restitution of a 500 carat diamond that was allegedly taken from the Crown jewels have increased since Queen Elizabeth’s passing. South Africa is requesting that the UK give over to the former British colony the stone thought to be the largest clean cut diamond in the world. The diamond, also known as the “Great Star of Africa,” was cut from a larger stone that was discovered in 1905. Since the Queen’s passing, appeals for repatriations as well as calls for the return of the Great Star of Africa and other diamonds have increased. Many South Africans believe that Britain shouldn’t have been allowed to get the gems.
Since the Queen’s passing on September 8, 2022, calls for the return of the Great Star of Africa and other gems from the UK have been more fervent. South African MP Vuyo Zungula brought up the subject in a tweet, demanding “the restitution of all the gold, diamonds taken by Britain.” “Reparations for all the harm done by Britain,” the MP further urged.