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Lawyer who slammed Camilla photo as ‘racist’ backtracks and deletes angry tweet

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A controversial lawyer who labelled a new image of Queen Camilla as “racist” has deleted her tweet and apologised.

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu expressed her extreme anger at a newly-released image of the Queen taken at Buckingham Palace.

Wearing her crown with an ivory dress and cape, she is seen standing in front of a grand fireplace in the Green Drawing Room.

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It was what Dr Shola thought was on that fireplace that sparked her anger.

She hastily tweeted, calling what looks like two figurines “racist” having assumed they were the controversial Blackamoor figures.

The Blackamoor style is actually widely regarded as having racist connotations as it shows men of African descent as servant.

However, the candle holders behind the new Queen were not those – they were, in fact, “weeping women candelabra”.

This forced a quick retreat for Dr Mos-Shogbamimu, who tweeted: “I stand corrected if these are not Blackamoor statues behind Camilla as I thought but of Weeping Women.

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“Bottom line, if there are Blackamoor items or anything of historical racist depiction in the Palaces it should be removed, placed in a museum so history doesn’t repeat itself.

“Deleted my previous tweet for the avoidance of doubt. Just to be clear my outrage if it were true still stands.”

The historic weeping women candelabra actually date back to 1811 and are made of patinated and gilt bronze with black marble.

They also have gilt bronze stems with leaf cups on the candle arms.

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A spokesman for the Royal Collection Trust said: “Twenty-one craftsmen were involved in the production of these candelabra alone, which were placed in Carlton House, the Prince Regent’s London residence.

“Later recorded in the store room under the clock, Carlton House and in the Bow Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace, in 1915 they are recorded in the Green Drawing Room.”

And that is where they have remained ever since.

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