Guests have branded the Queen’s royal residences “racist” for their collection of jewels and antiquities from around the world.
The Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle are among the nation’s most-visited tourist attractions with millions of people passing through their doors each year.
But some claim their collections include “plundered” artefacts – and have taken to travel sites, such as TripAdvisor, to vent their fury.
Tourist Susan said on Google about her trip to the Tower: “Plundered jewels from India and the world. A memorial to racism.”
The historic property has housed the Crown Jewels since the 1600s and it includes the Koh-i-Noor, or Mountain of Light – discovered in 15th-century India.
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It was given to Queen Victoria in 1849 and adorns the front of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Crown. India has demanded the return of the stone since gaining independence in 1947. And many tourists do not like seeing it.
One visitor wrote on TripAdvisor: “If an Indian wishes to see how much the British exploited Indians, the Tower of London is the place to be. See all precious items they stole.”
A German tourist added: “The State Room tour was interesting and very visual – a journey through history, opulence, wealth and some bits about the colonial history that lingers in the shadows now.”
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