Royal gifts: Photo preview of presents given to Queen Elizabeth II throughout her reign

The exhibition, which opens 22 July 2017, is held in conjunction with the 2017 Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace.

Royal Gifts, an exhibition held in conjunction with the 2017 Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace, will tell the story of Queen Elizabeth II's reign through a range of official presents that have been given to her during the past 65 years.

A member of staff holds a London Undergound sign presented by Aldgate East Tube Station to Queen Elizabeth II in 2010Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

With gifts representing every continent, including those from world leaders such as former US President Dwight D Eisenhower, former South African President Nelson Mandela and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China, the exhibition will present a spectacular display of craftsmanship from across the globe.

A wooden totem pole carved by the Kwakiutl people of Canada, presented to Queen Elizabeth II during a visit in 1971Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images
A beaded Yoruba throne from Nigeria, presented to Queen Elizabeth II in 1956Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images
Two thrones that were presented to The Queen by the Yoruba people of Nigeria in 1956Royal Collection Trust
A gilded bronze owl from Leeds Civic HallStuart C Wilson/Getty Images

Over 250 objects from some 100 countries and territories will be displayed in the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace. The exhibition will explore Her Majesty's role as Head of State, Head of the Commonwealth and Head of Nation, and includes gifts given during State Visits, overseas tours and official engagements and those presented to mark significant moments in The Queen's life.


Royal Gifts will be on display in the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace from 22 July until 1 October 2017.

A member of staff holds a terracotta figure of 'The Great Mother' from Macedonia presented to Queen Elizabeth II in 2013Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images
A pair of baskets woven from coconut leaves, from TongaStuart C Wilson/Getty Images
An exhibition co-ordinator stands with the Vessel of Friendship from China that was presented to Queen Elizabeth II in 2015Stuart C Wilson/Getty Images
A model of the treasure ship sailed by the navigator and diplomat Zeng He of the Ming Dynasty. The prow of the ship is decorated with a dove and olive branch medallion, emblematic of peace, while the sides of the hull are decorated with elements from Dunhuang frescoes, along with the traditional Chinese symbols of friendship and peaceRoyal Collection Trust
A linen bag containing salt from the British Virgin IslandsStuart C Wilson/Getty Images
A silver bowl of fruit from Zambia presented to Queen Elizabeth IIStuart C Wilson/Getty Images

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