Queen Elizabeth’s antique swords removed from Moscow on display amid Russian invasion of Ukraine


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Three antique swords from Queen Elizabeth II’s collection have been removed from display in Russia.

The 17th-century weapons, which include a sword that once belonged to King Charles I, were originally to be featured in an exhibition titled ‘Duelling: From Trial by Combat to a Noble Crime’ at Moscow’s Kremlin Museums in from March 4 to June 16.

The Royal Collection Trust, which cares for thousands of artifacts on behalf of the British royal family, confirmed to Fox News Digital on Thursday that the loan of the objects in question had been suspended.

“The decision to postpone the loan of three swords from the royal collection to the Kremlin museums in Moscow was taken in mid-February,” a spokesperson said.

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The 17th-century arms in Queen Elizabeth II’s collection included a sword believed to have once belonged to King Charles I.
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A statement on the Kremlin Museums website also revealed that the exhibition had been postponed.

“The Moscow Kremlin Museums reports the postponement of the exhibition ‘Duel: From Trial by Combat to a Noble Crime’, which was scheduled to open on March 4, 2022,” the statement read. “The heart of the project is made up of exhibitions from European museums, which were forced to withdraw them early due to the geopolitical situation.”

“The Moscow Kremlin Museums are currently working on the realization of the exhibition without European participation, and express their sincere thanks to the Russian museum community for their help in the current difficult circumstances,” he added.

The exhibition was sponsored by Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov. The 68-year-old was the subject of international sanctions during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (left) shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they meet for an audience at Windsor Castle in Berkshire on March 7, 2022.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (left) shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they meet for an audience at Windsor Castle in Berkshire on March 7, 2022.
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The museum had previously shared that the exhibition was to feature more than 140 objects from 18 Russian and international museums and libraries, “including the Louvre Museum, the Prado National Museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II , the Pushkin Arts Museum, the State Historical Museum, the National Libraries of Austria and France, the Russian State Library and many others.”

It is not the first time the reigning British monarch has been elevated during the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

On March 3, the Disaster Emergency Committee took to Twitter and thanked the 95-year-old for donating to their Ukraine appeal.

“Many thanks to Her Majesty The Queen for continuing to support the Disaster Emergency Committee and for making a generous donation to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal,” the tweet read.

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Then on March 7, the Queen was pictured hosting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Windsor Castle. She stood next to an arrangement of blue and yellow supporters, representing the colors of the Ukrainian flag, for the occasion.

Other members of their British Royal Family have spoken out. Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, shared their words of support for Ukraine. Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, also tweeted a personal message pledging their support for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“In October 2020, we had the privilege of meeting President Zelenskyy and the First Lady to hear their hope and optimism for the future of Ukraine,” the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tweeted. “Today we stand with the President and all the people of Ukraine as they bravely fight for that future.”

Zelenskyy, 44, later thanked them on social media.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena during an audience at Buckingham Palace on October 7, 2020 in London, England.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena during an audience at Buckingham Palace on October 7, 2020 in London, England.
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According to the Royal Family’s website, the Queen, as head of state, must remain strictly neutral “on political matters”. The monarch does not vote or stand for election. However, she has important ceremonial and formal roles in relation to the British government.

Members of the royal family rarely get involved in political affairs and instead choose to remain neutral.

Ukraine was invaded on February 24. The invasion drew worldwide condemnation. Hundreds of people have already been killed or injured, including children. Millions of people have fled or attempted to flee the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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