The Queen’s art collection is said to be no longer lending three swords, including one believed to have belonged to Charles I, to the Kremlin Museum in Moscow for an exhibition scheduled to take place. on display this month
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The Queen’s art collection is said to have joined the Russian boycott by withdrawing the license for three swords to be displayed at an exhibition in Moscow.
Weapons from the 17th century, including one believed to have belonged to Charles I, will be on loan at the Kremlin Museum for a dueling exhibition scheduled to begin this month.
However, according to GuardiansThe Royal Collection Trust has decided to reverse its decision to allow them to perform in the Russian capital in mid-February.
The decision is said to have been made before Russia invaded Ukraine but at a time when troops were gathering on the border.
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A spokesperson for the Queen’s Collection told the newspaper: “The decision has been made to postpone the loan of three swords from the Royal Collection to the Kremlin Museum in Moscow for mid-February.”
The Royal Collection Trust is believed to be one of a number of organizations that have withdrawn permission for some of their items to be displayed in the exhibition, which was sponsored by Alisher Usmanov – a Russian financier who is under sanctions. in UK and US.
Institutions are said to include Leeds-based Royal Arms as well as the Louvre Museum in Paris and Madrid’s Prado Museum.
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Now, according to the Kremlin Museum’s website, an exhibition called ‘Confrontation of Minds: from Trial of Fight to Noble Crime’, which was scheduled to open on March 4, has been postponed. again.
The website says : “The Kremlin Museum in Moscow announces the postponement of the exhibition “The Duel: from Trial by Combat to a Noble Crime”, scheduled to open on March 4, 2022.
“The core of the project consists of exhibitions from European museums, which were forced to withdraw ahead of time due to the geopolitical situation.
“The Kremlin Museum in Moscow is currently working on making the exhibition run without European involvement, and expresses its sincere thanks to the Russian museum community for its support in the current difficult circumstances.” now on.”
Mirror has contacted the Royal Collection Trust for comment.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the Queen has yet to speak out publicly on the matter.
However, when she met Canadian president Justin Trudeau at Windsor Castle last week, a vase full of blue and yellow flowers was on display.
Blue and yellow are the colors of the Ukrainian flag and sources say the small gesture is a deliberate sign of the Queen’s solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/queen-joins-russia-boycott-withholding-26481637 The Queen participates in the Russia boycott by withholding the swords placed for the exhibition of the Kremlin Museum