In England nearly a thousand gifts presented to Queen Elizabeth II during her Silver Jubilee year have been put on public display.
In England nearly a thousand gifts presented to Queen Elizabeth II during her Silver Jubilee year have been put on public display. The Queen has travelled extensively around the world in 1977 -- her 25th year on the throne -- and she's been given a variety of presents ranging from a human skull to a cardboard cutout of her made by English schoolchildren. An exhibition opened at St. James's Palace in London on Thursday (1 December).
SYNOPSIS: The Queen will keep all the presents given to her. Buckingham Palace says the donors might be upset if their gifts were disposed of.
This commemorative medallion came from the Legislative Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, and from the Vatican, presented to the Queen by the Pope, a rare Bible -- the Bibbia di Boroso d'Este. There were gifts from many world leaders -- some of them extremely valuable and others of a more practical nature.
President Carter of the United States gave the Queen a set of plates. The people of Tong, one of the places she visited on her Jubilee tours, presented her with an album of Silver Jubilee stamp issues.
A painting of former Australian Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies was one of many portraits received -- Princess Anne on horseback was painted by Australian Jules Michel.
This onyx table was sent by President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya. The Queen has already started using some of the furniture and other household items that she's received this year.
One gift not on display was a Rolls Royce worth GDB 60,000 (108,600 U.S. dollars) ordered by the British motor industry. It couldn't be delivered because of a strike.