Annals of Papal gift-giving, UPDATED
Obama’s gift to the Pope: a seed sampler
Queen Elizabeth’s gift to the Pope: a huge picnic hamper
The hamper contained 18 items from Buckingham Palace, Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral including two types of honey, a bottle of whiskey, ‘Coronation Best Bitter, ‘Grandad’s chutney’ and ‘Sandringham handmade aromatherapy soaps’.
Purists want to know, Irish whiskey, or Scotch (whisky)?
Look at the size of the thing:
In exchange, Obama received a copy of Evangelii Gaudium, and the Queen was presented with a lapis lazuli orb for Prince George, inscribed with ‘Pope Francis, to His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge’
with a silver cross of Edward the Confessor, the 11th Century English King who was made a saint,
The royal couple were also presented with a reproduction of a decree by Pope Innocent XI issued in 1679 which elevated Edward the Confessor into a saint for the Catholic Church.
The Vatican chief of protocol was spot-on in both counts.
Read about what it all means at POTUS and the Pope
The Vatican’s symbolic messaging v. the White House spin, by George Weigel.
Note to self: Have the Queen over.
Prior papal gifts here.
Monica Showalter adds,
A nice exchange of gifts. The article doesn’t mention it, but lapis lazuli is found only in Argentina, Chile, Afghanistan and maybe one or two other places on earth. It was an Argentine gift the Pope gave to the Queen. Lapis Lazuli is the basis for the artists’ pigment Ultramarine Blue.
Vatican chief of protocol rocks!