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Camilla’s historic crown encrusted with 2,800 glittering stones, Queen Victoria’s jewel & 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond

CAMILLA is to be given a historic crown encrusted with 2,800 diamonds when Prince Charles takes the throne and she becomes Queen Consort.

The jewelled headgear features a hefty 105-carat Koh-i-Noor stone given to Queen Victoria by the Sultan of Turkey in 1856.

The Queen Mother's Crown, 1937, is to be given to Camilla

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The Queen Mother’s Crown, 1937, is to be given to CamillaCredit: Royal Collection Trust
Camilla will become Queen Consort when Charles takes the throne

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Camilla will become Queen Consort when Charles takes the throneCredit: PA

It was made for the Queen Mother, then Queen Elizabeth, for her husband King George VI’s coronation in 1937.

And it boasts a platinum frame set with thousands of diamonds, many from Victoria’s Regal Circlet, as well as one of the world’s largest jewels.

The Koh-i-Noor diamond had been successively mounted in the crowns of Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary, and was once again reset for this crown.

The Turkish stone was a gift from Sultan Abdul Medjid as a gesture of gratitude for British support during the Crimean War.

The crown, which weighs 510g and was designed by Garrard & Co, is currently on display at the Tower of London but will be placed on Camilla’s head for Charles’ coronation when he becomes King, The Daily Mail reports.

The Queen revealed her “sincere wish” that the Duchess of Cornwall is known as Queen Consort in an address marking her Accession Day.

Her Majesty, 95, who is celebrating 70 years on the throne, wrote: “I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.

“And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me.

“And it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”

Charles and Camilla are said to be “touched and honoured” by the decision.

But the honour is a major U-turn given that Camilla took the lesser title Princess Consort when she married Charles 17 years ago. 

At the time, royal officials believed there was too much public animosity towards Camilla — married to Andrew Parker Bowles from 1973 to 1995 — following the death of Diana.

Queen Consort was the title held by the Queen Mother when wife of King George VI. 

The reigning monarch is technically known as Queen Regnum.

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A source stressed: “This is Her Majesty’s wish. She’s spent 70 years on the throne and is pretty clear on what she does and doesn’t want.”

Charles, 73, and Camilla, 74, married in a private civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall in April 2005. 

Aides said at the time Camilla “intended” to be known as Princess Consort, the first in British history. 

The careful use of “intended” left this open to change in the future.

And any mention of Princess Consort was removed from Charles’s website during a revamp in 2018.

Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, and Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, at the coronation of King George VI in 1937

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Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, and Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, at the coronation of King George VI in 1937
The Queen at Sandringham House to mark the start of her Platinum Jubilee Year

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The Queen at Sandringham House to mark the start of her Platinum Jubilee YearCredit: AP:Associated Press

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