War in Ukraine: Elizabeth II takes a radical decision

After having made a generous donation to Ukraine, Elizabeth II once again asserts her opposition to Vladimir Putin. According to our colleagues in the Guardian, the Queen of England has boycotted Russia with a strong and symbolic gesture.

After France, Germany and the United States, it is the turn of the British crown to oppose Putin’s policy. If usually the royal family of England does not take part in political debates, this time it has clearly affirmed its support to the Ukrainians who have been undergoing a Russian invasion for several weeks. In a strong and symbolic gesture, Elizabeth II boycotted the former KGB agent. According to The Guardian newspaper, Tuesday, March 15, the Queen’s art collection has withdrawn its authorization to exhibit some of its pieces in the Kremlin museum in Moscow.

Among them, three swords dating from the 17th century, a cavalry helmet, a civil war cuirass, a duelling gauntlet from the 17th century and an engraved Henry VIII armor lent for the exhibition on duels, sponsored by Alisher Usmanov, a Russian oligarch and former fencer. Close to Vladimir Putin, the athlete is also affected by the numerous sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States. A decision justified by a spokesman for the Queen’s collection: “Due to the escalation of the situation in Ukraine, the Royal Armouries have recalled the loaned items”.

Elizabeth II’s unceremonious remark about Vladimir Putin

This is not the first time that the 95-year-old sovereign has been scathing towards Volodymyr Zelensky’s opponent. In June 2003, when Vladimir Putin was in London, David Blunkett, the former Minister of the Interior, met him at a ceremony. Blind, the former Home Secretary was accompanied by his guide dog who was particularly suspicious of the guest of the crown. “The only time I met Vladimir Putin was in 2003 during an official visit and my dog at the time barked very loudly,” he told the BBC, as reported by La Libre. To which, Prince William’s grandmother would have replied: “Dogs have interesting instincts, don’t they?” An unceremonious remark that speaks volumes about what Elizabeth II thinks.

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