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The Kinds of Gifts Queen Elizabeth Gets

Some of Her Majesty’s finest presents will go on display at the State Rooms.
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At the summer opening of Buckingham Palace, a magnificent exhibition will explore the history of Queen Elizabeth II’s official gifts, acquired throughout her 65-year reign.

"Royal Gifts" will feature a spectacular display of more than 200 objects presented to Her Majesty during State Visits, overseas tours, and official engagements.

Reflecting each continent, the gifts range from a Tibetan silk prayer shawl blessed by the Dalai Lama to a Canadian paperweight made from a fossilised dinosaur bone. Perhaps one of the most intriguing gifts is the Union Flag badge worn in space by the first British astronaut to become a member of the European Space Agency, Major Tim Peake CMG. Also among the collection is a beautifully woven portrait of Queen Elizabeth II made from dyed banana leaves, presented by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda in 2006.


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Pair of porcelain vases depicting The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, presented to Her Majesty The Queen by President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan during an audience at Buckingham Palace, November 24, 1993


Portrait of Her Majesty The Queen made with woven banana leaves, presented to Her Majesty by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda during an audience at Buckingham Palace, December 6, 2006


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Wayang golek (rod puppet) presented to Her Majesty The Queen by the Governor of the Special Region of Yogyakarta and Vice President of Indonesia, Hamengkubuwono IX, during her State Visit to Indonesia, March 15 to 22, 1974.

Offering a change of pace is a special display designed as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. To mark the 20th anniversary of her death, the Music Room will feature a collection of private items, including her desk, a blue leather blotter and brown leather letter rack, ballet shoes and a case of cassette tapes. Many of the objects have been selected by Diana’s sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, reflecting their personal memories of their mother.

The exhibition runs from July 22 to October 1, 2017 at Buckingham Palace, London SW1.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.co.uk.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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