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Buckingham Palace to display the extravagant gifts Queen Elizabeth received

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth has received numerous gifts from world leaders over the years.

The exhibit will be for the whole winter.

Whenever heads of state from different countries meet, it is an old tradition to exchange gifts as a symbol of statesmanship.
And recently, Queen Elizabeth completed her 65 years on the throne which means she has been meeting foreign dignitaries for the last 65 years. It’s definitely not surprising that she has received so many gifts. All those gifts are now going on display in a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace called “Royal Gifts.”

The show is situated in the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, and it will feature a “selection from the more than 250 objects from some 100 countries and territories,” according to a statement given by the royal collection’s website. “This exhibition will also explore Queen Elizabeth’s role as Head of State, Head of the Commonwealth and Head of Nation.

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All these will include, gifts given during the State Visits, overseas tours and official engagements”. Gifts from the world leaders (past and present), including President Dwight D. Eisenhower, South African President Nelson Mandela, and President Xi Jinping of China, will be on display.

Show Stopper:

Among all the objects on show, the five main show stopper will include a Vessel of Friendship, a model of the treasure ship sailed by Zheng He, a navigator and diplomat from the Ming Dynasty, that was gifted by China in 2015. It also includes Chinese symbols of peace and friendship. There will also be a pair of chairs from Nigeria known as the Yoruba throne, which was presented to Her Majesty in 1965.

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A totem pole depicting the Thunderbird that Canada presented to the Queen in 1971. A silver bowl containing models of fruit, presented by President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia in 1991. Lastly, coconut baskets that Queen Salote Tupou of Tonga gave the Queen during her Commonwealth visit in 1953.

“Royal Gifts” will surely be on display at Buckingham Palace from July 22 (Yes, it’s Prince George’s birthday) until the end of the year.

Who knows? The Queen might make an appearance to check out her own impressive loot.

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Kate Middleton

The real reason why William & Kate decided not to name Charlotte after Queen Elizabeth

Kate, Charlotte and Queen

Kate and Prince William decided not to name Charlotte after her grandmother Princess Diana or great-grandmother, the Queen.

Obviously, there’s a big reason why Kate and William didn’t name Charlotte after the late Queen.

The royal naming game—is always a topic of interest and speculation. When it comes to deciding names for their little ones, William and Kate surely caused a stir with their decision not to name Princess Charlotte after her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. So, what’s the real reason behind this royal naming mystery? Let’s dive in and seek the truth.

First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room: Queen Elizabeth. As the longest-reigning monarch in British history, her influence was unquestionable. So, why did Prince William and Kate Middleton opt to forego such a big name name?

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Well, it turns out, there’s more to this story than meets the eye. While it’s correct that Charlotte’s middle names—Elizabeth and Diana—pay homage to both her great-grandmother and her late grandmother, the decision to omit “Elizabeth” from her first name wasn’t a snub.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William declined to think of naming Princess Charlotte after either Princess Diana or the Queen out of security fears. This decision distinguishes the Cambridges with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who named their daughter Lilibet Diana after both the Queen and Diana. Instead of her first name, Charlotte was named after her grandmother and great-grandmother with her middle name – Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

A new Channel 5 documentary, ‘Secrets of the Royal Palaces’ debated the naming decision by the Cambridges. Richard Kay, a Daily Mail royal journalist and columnist, said: “I think he very wisely chose not to give Charlotte his mother’s name as her first name. “Everything she did and said would have been compared with her. “By giving Diana as the middle name, it means Diana is still there.” Emily Andrews, royal editor of the Mail on Sunday, added: “William has spoken about the loss of his mother and the effect it had. “He thinks about her pretty much every day and he wants to keep his mother’s memory alive.”

When Harry and Meghan’s first daughter was born, the Sussexes chose to name her after the Queen’s family nickname – Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.

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The documentary also revealed that Charlotte, born in 2015, was christened at a small church in Sandringham in the glory of Diana. Unlike her brothers Prince George and Prince Louis, who were christened at St James Palace, Charlotte’s christening was held in St Mary Magdalene’s Church on the Queen’s Sandringham estate. Ms Andrews explained: “It has the history through William’s mother, Diana Spencer, as she was also christened there.”

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Kate Middleton

Cathrine’s first Christmas gift to Queen Elizabeth was very unique


Kate Middleton disclosed that she made a homemade chutney for Queen Elizabeth in 2011.

Thinking of a perfect gift for in-laws could be brain-wracking but Kate Middleton came up with an extraordinary answer to what should be her first Christmas present to the Queen after marriage — a DIY homemade chutney.

In an ITV documentary ‘Our Queen at 90’ to celebrate the monarch’s milestone birthday on April 21, Kate disclosed her worries about buying Queen Elizabeth II a Christmas present for her first year at Sandringham in 2011. She ultimately vowed to bring along something homemade, whipping up a batch of chutney from her own grandmother’s recipe.

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Talking about the episode, Kate says she had been eased to notice the Queen put it on her dining table the next day. In her first-ever solo television interview, the Princess of Wales was quoted by The Telegraph as saying, “She (the Queen) really cares.”

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“I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas. And I was worried about what to give the Queen as her Christmas present. I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what should I give her?” the 34-year-old royal says in the documentary. “I thought back to what I would give my own grandparents. And I thought, ‘I’ll make her something’, which could have gone horribly wrong. But I decided to make my granny’s recipe of chutney,” she says.

“I was slightly worried about it, but I noticed the next day that it was on the table. I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me and I’ve noticed since she’s done that on lots of occasions and I think it just shows her thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody,” Kate adds.

The recipe is thought to have been a marrow chutney, which takes several hours to prepare. The instructions are detailed in her sister Pippa Middleton’s 2012 recipe book Celebrate, entitled ‘Granny’s Marrow Chutney’.

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The Duchess did not specify which granny passed the recipe onto her. The two-hour documentary also features contributions from Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, Kate’s husband Prince William, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

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