The Historical Development of the British Empire
From the nineteenth century onwards, British-controlled territories on world maps were coloured pink. While red was the colour traditionally associated with the British Empire (red coats were worn by British soldiers, for example, from as early as the 1640s) black script is difficult to read on a red background. Pink, the closest colour to red, was therefore chosen as a printing compromise.
This is a list of words used in connection with the British Empire, the Commonwealth, and the Games that have been held under the aegis of both.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of the Caribbean for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has been criticised over the royals’ connection to colonialism and slavery.
An open letter by Jamaican public figures says: “We see no reason to celebrate 70 years of the ascension of your grandmother to the British throne because her leadership, and that of her predecessors, has perpetuated the greatest human rights tragedy in the history of humankind.”