Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown

I have my US-based friend Tunku Varadarajan to thank for alerting me to this absolutely delicious story first thing this morning, while I was having my pre-morning-run cuppa and perusing Twitter.

This is a cracking story of beauty and crowns and injures and all-manner of high drama.

And what looks a bit like a black panther salute.

Read on, to find out who snatched a crown off a fellow queen’s head, who was injured, and who was crowned/de-crowned/re-crowned:

“A beauty queen contestant won the title of Mrs. Sri Lanka over the weekend — only to end up in the hospital with head wounds after Mrs. World ripped off her crown in a snit to bestow it on the runner-up.

The ugly on-stage melee broke out moments after winning contestant Pushpika De Silva was awarded the title at a Colombo theater Sunday night, according to the outlet Time 24 News.

Mrs. World Caroline Jurie, who is from Sri Lanka and was at the event, suddenly hopped on the stage and grabbed the microphone, claiming De Silva was actually divorced and thus disqualified from holding the title.

There is a rule that prevents women who have already been married and are divorced, so I am taking steps to make the crown go to second place,” Jurie told the stunned crowd.

Jurie then ripped the gold crown off De Silva’s head and put it on the runner-up, prompting tears and chaos, outlets said.

De Silva had to be hospitalized for head injuries from her crown being ripped off, plus trauma, Time24 said, citing a local newspaper.

The contestant later posted a photo of herself in a hospital bed on her Facebook page — while denying she is divorced.

The pain of my skull when my crown was snatched from my head by the world married beauty queen, the pain I felt when I lost the crown …,’’ De Silva wrote.

“I say a true queen is not a woman who snatches another woman’s crown, but a woman who [helps straighten] another woman’s crown!!

She acknowledged that she and her husband live apart but insisted, “I’m not a divorced woman.”

She has since been formally re-declared the winner, according to Newsfirst.


I do, however, still have a few questions about this high-stakes drama.

Now, doesn’t this look a bit black-panther-salute-ish to you? Albeit done by gals in frocks.

But I haven’t been able to figure out who the lady in black is.

This is how I understand this photo – and do, please, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong:

  1. Mrs World, in white, arm raised, and crown atop her decisive head.
  2. You can just see the de-crowned Mrs SL, in white, walking off stage.
  3. The newly crowned #2, getting all emotional.
  4. Presumably #3, also in white and with a ribbon-thingy, wondering if her turn will also come, if Mrs W loses her rag again.
  5. But who is the gal in black?

I really need to know who she is, to make sense of this totally mad story.

She clearly agrees with Mrs W, and if you go back and look at the first photo, up top, she looks as though she’s helping uncrown /decrown (?) Mrs SL. In which case, she is also complicit in injuring Mrs SL, right?

But then again, in the photo Mrs W has her hand raised to gal in black in a fairly peremptory way, so who knows?


Anyway, apparently the originally crowned Mrs SL got re-crowned.

I suppose poor Mrs #2 cried again.

But I think we should be told what penalties Mrs W & the gal in black face for their intervention.

You could not make this stuff up 🙂 🙂


  1. Rajiva Wijesinha

    Sorry, safely in my cottage, though I must confess when I saw the news last night I did follow the scene. Bizarre, but that is all I know. Awful faces in triumph

    1. Christine

      Rajiva it really is quite bonkers. And why would you have beauty pageants during a pandemic? Actually why would you have beauty pageants anyway, but that’s another question…

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