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A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world

South African

Chess set 1996

RCIN 99512

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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President Nelson Mandela presented The Duke of Edinburgh with this hand-painted ceramic chess set during his State Visit to the United Kingdom in 1996. It was Mandela’s first State Visit to Britain, having been elected President in 1994. The chess pieces comprise animals, painted houses and figures wearing Zulu and Ndebele traditional costume.