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Over 2,500 gifts were sent from well-wishers around the world, ranging from the magnificent diamond necklace presented by the City of London, to a simple bath sponge. Between November 1947 and March 1948 the gifts were displayed at St James's Palace and were seen by over 200,000 visitors. A printed list of gifts and donors was also available. A small selection of these gifts are shown below.

Clothes rationing was still in force in Britain after World War II, so many of the gifts of clothes and textiles were home-made. The Princess was given 131 pairs of nylons and 17 pairs of silk stockings, 38 handbags and 24 pairs of gloves. Shroffs Ltd. sent 101 carpets to be distributed to couples who were also married in November 1947.

Food parcels for pensioners and widows©

As food was also rationed, many people sent consumable gifts. These included the ingredients for the official wedding cake, which came from the Girl Guides of Australia, 500 tins of pineapple from the Governor of Queensland, to be distributed by Princess Elizabeth as she wished, sugared almonds, tins of salmon and a box of apples from Kent.

Among the services of china was a Royal Worcester dinner and dessert service from the Brigade of Guards, while the people of France and China presented porcelain from their respective countries. Glass was also a popular gift: President Truman of the United States gave an engraved Steuben vase and cover, and the America Ambassador, Lewis Douglas, provided twelve engraved glass plates. Princess Elizabeth's friends sent her a pair of 18th-century silver-gilt candelabra and a Rockingham dinner service.

Tiara of diamonds and silver;  in two parts, both of which can be worn separately.   Of a scroll and festoon design in diamonds set on a detachable bandeau base of alternate circular and lozenge diamonds between two plain diamond bands.
Gifts from the Royal Family

Wedding gifts presented by other members of the Royal Family

A continental silver cow creamer, w oval hinged lid, cast w foliate border. The body in the form of a long horned cow, the curved tail forming the handle & the mouth the spout. Side engrv w Edinburgh crest, garter & coronet.
Gifts from Great Britain

Many individuals and groups also presented gifts

A rectangular tortoiseshell box, the lid mounted with a silver gilt oval hinged panel, chased and engraved with a pair of birds and flowers. The panel opens to reveal a blue and green feathered song bird which emerges from a pierced panel.
Gifts from Abroad

Gifts were also received from overseas

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