Queen’s art collection joins cultural boycott of Russia after refusing permission to display three ancient swords in Moscow – including one believed to belong to King Charles I
- The Queen’s official art collection has joined a ‘cultural boycott’ of Russia
- The Royal Collection planned to loan a set of 17th century weapons to Moscow
- They were supposed to be in a dueling exhibit at the Kremlin museums
The Queen’s official art collection has joined a “cultural boycott” of Russia and refused permission to display three ancient swords in Moscow.
The Royal Collection was to lend 17th century weapons as part of an exhibition on duels to Kremlin museums.
He was sponsored by Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, who faced UK sanctions for his links to Vladimir Putin.
A cavalry helmet which returns from Moscow after being recalled by the Queen’s art collection
A 17th century dueling gauntlet from the Royal Armories museums, which returns from Moscow after being recalled
A spokesperson for the Royal Collection said the decision to postpone the loan “was taken in mid-February”. Pictured: The State Historical Museum (center) and the Kremlin towers in Moscow
But earlier this year, the Royal Collection postponed permission to send the swords to Russia after the country invaded Ukraine.
The swords included one believed to have belonged to King Charles I.
The exhibition was delayed indefinitely because other European countries refused to cooperate.
A spokesperson for the Royal Collection said the decision to postpone the loan “was taken in mid-February”.