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Re: Imperial State Crown
It's a bit of a quibble but the word imperial in the description of the crown is actually a reference to the style and design of the crown. Previously crowns were open and not closed with arches.
The Crown of the Holy Roman Empire was a closed crown with arches and closed crowns with arches became known as imperial crowns.
So I see the imperial in imperial state crown more as describing the style of a crown than referring to the status of Britain as an empire.
But Britain was an empire and it's history of colonialism has been in the news so maybe my point is moot?
Thank you for making that point - which is both valid and important IMHO. And certainly not moot - although it may indeed be moot whether anyone sees any "benefit" over shipping the Koh-i-Noor Diamond back to Delhi, where it may more likely disappear forever into the hidden Swiss accounts of a few rather than find its value in the lives of the actual disposessed. Which is my view at least of the empty PC talk about "equity" when there is no actual "accountability" from the living who demand it of others.
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