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Coconut basket 1953

Coconut leaves | 12.5 x 30.5 cm (whole object, diameter) | RCIN 74626

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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  • A black and white woven basket with a double handle, a removable round flat lid, and a half sphere-shaped body.

    This basket, with another (RCIN 74627), represents an industry which Queen Salote of Tonga, who presented them, had re-established on the island of Tonga. Queen Salote had endeared herself to the British public when, leaving the Coronation service at Westminster Abbey, she refused to let her carriage hood be put up despite the rain, and rode back to the Palace waving to the crowds.

    During The Queen's Commonwealth Tour in 1953-54, The Queen visited Tonga, arriving by flying boat before being welcomed by a feast of yams, lobsters, fruit, pigs and coconut milk. In keeping with Tongan tradition, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh ate with their fingers whilst seated on the floor.

    Tonga is the only indigenous sovereign monarchy in Oceania.


    Presented to Queen Elizabeth II by Queen Salote Tupou of Tonga during her State Visit to Tonga, 19–20 December 1953. One of a pair of baskets with RCIN 74627.

  • Medium and techniques

    Coconut leaves


    12.5 x 30.5 cm (whole object, diameter)

  • Place of Production


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