October 18th, 2010
07:38 PM ET

Queen Elizabeth II gets a piece of Chile's national pride

President Sebastian Piñera gives Queen Elizabeth II a rock from the San Jose mine.

Judging purely by appearances, the gift from Chile's president to Elizabeth II did not seem fit for a queen.

He gave the monarch a rock. But it was not just any rock. The stone that President Sebastian Piñera brought all the way from Chile to Buckingham Palace was from the bottom of the San Jose mine, once the underground prison of 33 miners and now a symbol of Chilean national pride.

Ever since the miners were rescued last week, Chile's newspapers have heralded "the Chilean way" in which the operation was carried out, opining that it will help the country move beyond the dark shadow of its military dictatorship past.

As part of his European tour, Piñera explained in detail to the queen how the rescue was carried out, according to a news release from his office.

It was unclear what the queen planned to do with the rock gift.

soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. tomcat

    so he is on a european tour? he better have a big sack of rocks or this could get ugly

    October 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. McDuck

    I have rocks in my shoes. I shall eat them later.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ed

    I bet she was expecting a bottle of wine or something.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      Just a bowl of Chili

      October 18, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tomcat

    this was a gold and copper mine. a rock with some gold in it hmmmm may strike the old girls fancy

    October 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tomcat

    betty dont get to preachin

    October 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Randy

    You idiots just don't get it. Very symbolic of what they went thru. Just imagine being in a 1 bedroom flat with 32 other men for 69 days. No showers, a tunnel for "going" in. If most of you made any of your comments in that town, you would be gone. As you go to bed in nice warm sheets and maybe someone with you, think of sleeping on rock and wondering if you would ever see sunshine again. Enjoy the night as I expect you will have a hard time sleeping.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      You're weird.

      October 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • hotthatiam

      1 bedroom with 30 guys for "69" days...hmmm...sounds hot to me. I'm sure they got some action down there and don't tell me they weren't poking each other down there...wouldn't you?? When you're in the ground that deep the laws or moral belief don't apply. Think about it...

      October 19, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. tomcat

    hey duck those rocks you smoke if your eatin well lets say you dont wanna get caught idiot

    October 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tomcat

    randy so you were there? i am glad you speak for the others. or maybe you were in situation you didnt think you were gettin out of?

    October 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tomcat

    mark my words there is money to be made in rocks from chile hello ebay

    October 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. GreatGift

    Great Gift... The Queen can use the rock when she baths...

    October 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. vizi

    what will queen do with a stone

    stupid idea and stupid president going gaga over the rescue ,

    miners are saved , story ended , now lets move on

    October 18, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KBinMN

    I'm thinking she'll smoke the rock.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tomcat

    @vizi and kbin this has got be as dumb as it gets @ roger fancy a kipper? so what does the old bird get paid US?

    October 18, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jay

    Rocks make great paperweights. And what a unique one this would be, it has quite a story!

    October 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tomcat

    @doug and the man that flew her around was charged with what? tick tock come on doug oh canada

    October 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
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