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Gifts

To mark the important principle of friendship that underlies The Queen’s visits to Commonwealth countries, or her attendance at Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings, an exchange of gifts is always made. Gifts to The Queen given on such occasions take many different forms. They are often examples of local craftsmanship and artistic traditions, and are presented in the traditional ceremonies of the indigenous peoples. In The Queen’s realms, gifts have also taken the form of scholarships, bursaries, foundations, and even parks created in her name, and these now number many thousands.

Some items are loaned to an appropriate organisation, for example a Maori canoe, given by the government of New Zealand, is on long-term loan to the British Museum, and two floor mats given by Queen Salote and the Tongan people are at the Royal Scottish Museum.

Oshottoe Ondula

Eagle

New Zealand

Feather bag

Alex & Peter Mongta

Boomerang

Bangladeshi

Tea caddy

Sri Lankan

Betel leaf

Inhabitants of Northern Province, Ceylon

Commemorative bowl

Squamish Nation

Walking stick

Chief Mungo Martin (1879-1962)

Crest

Doris Bushell

Quilt

Papua New Guinean

Walking stick

Yoruba [Nigeria]

Pair of footstools

Cook Islands

Carved figure

Canadian

Tapestry

Associated with Albert Barunga (c. 1910-77)

Plaque

Solomon Islands

Dala

Cameroon [Africa]

Brazier

Peter Pomat

Crocodile

Theophilus Davis

Bowl

Samson Cree Nation

Pipe of peace

Francis Toussaint

Marquetry panel

Australian

Boomerang

Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri (c. 1927-2015)

Boomerang and shield

New South Wales

Didgeridoo

New South Wales

Carved emu egg

Stephen Kawurlkku (b. 1946)

Dugong

Jessie Oonark (1906-85)

Wall hanging

Papua New Guinean

Warrior

Kenneth Mansergh

Boomerang

Sarah Alissandra Mackie

Silk scarf

Malaysian

Gong

A Majeed Khan (active 1997)

Marquetry landscape

Pakistan

Model bus

Tanzania

Drummer

Eliza Xara (active 2001)

The traditional view of nature

Noel Galea-Bason

The Verdala Palace

Malaysia

Hornbill

After Duncan Darroch (1888-1967)

Mount Cook

Girl Guides of Yellowknife Distict [Canada]

Quilt

New Zealand

Treasure box

Province of Alberta

Hardstone profile

Papua New Guinean

Glazed black pot

Mamudu Kanteh

Lamp

Simon Charlie (1920-2005)

Totem pole

Tuvalu [Pacific Ocean]

Necklace

A & Sidersky & Son [Johannesburg]

The Queen's Flame-Lily brooch

Sri Lankan

Brooch

Russell Drysdale (1912-81)

Aboriginal Man in a Landscape

Frederick Ronald 'Fred' Williams (1927-1982)

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Benedict Enwonwu (1921-94)

Tribal Dance

Robert Aryeetey (active 1990)

Royal Pageant

Mathias Kauage (1944-2003)

Missis Kwin

Australian School, 20th century

Aboriginal Design

VC Henry (active 1977)

Caribbean Scene