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State Gifts

A model of a silver temple of Pashupati Nath in gilt-metal fixed to a square wooded stand. Two pagoda-style roofs with suspended bells, a pair of lions at each of the four doorways. Walls embossed with Eastern patterns.

Model of Pashupatinath Temple ©

During a State Visit it is customary for gifts to be exchanged on the first day as a symbol of goodwill between the two countries.

While the nature of these gifts varies, those presented by foreign visitors often represent traditional skills or crafts particular to their own country, or are of specific cultural significance.

Below are a selection of gifts given to The Queen by visiting Heads of State.