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

    @hotblahblah with all respect you are the southside of a northbound horse. show me the proof of a hoax and i will personally kiss your... and if they fooled the US and all please show your proof or shut your pie hole

    October 19, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. tomcat

    @hot a big meow. @jhurt iam also from Texas we are all not gun totin rednecks yall think we are. when it comes to well and mine disgters it was Redadairco. whose motto war around the world in 24 hours. later we can talk about Boots n Coots

    October 19, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. tomcat

    @jhurt you have family in TX? if the john hurt is kin? wow

    October 19, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. tomcat

    sorry to stop the thread and saying what i feel. yeah right....MEOW

    October 19, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. tomcat

    on the road again just caint wait to get on the road again......see yall soon if the good lords willin and the creeks dont rise

    October 19, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nikki Oldaker

    The Queen is very interested in history and technology. it was very considerate of the President of Chile.
    I sent her a book revised and authored on Samuel Tilden and she sent back 2 beautiful thank you notes. I expected neither from her -the woman has class.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. a

    Michelle! You suck

    October 19, 2010 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joe Mama

    It meant a lot giveing the rock, but i don't think the queen
    gave a $%^t

    October 19, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alberto Newberry

    was a nice gift, god and the good will in people made it possible.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. tomcat

    oh please alberto una piedra para una paiz? pero si el presidente ir con unos regalos

    October 19, 2010 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. tomcat

    @max dont start the 9 11 game till you go to fdny eng 4 and ladder 15 and visit the room

    October 19, 2010 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    Not to sound like a downer... I watched the mine rescue live and I think it was a great feat. But "The Chilean way" accomplished it? What about all the engineers they brought over to help from countries such as the US?

    October 19, 2010 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. tomcat

    hell yeah if it were not for the folks here in a country that as i see it is in the crapper other folks would be dead..now 2 billion to pakistan in aid? we try to be world police and humanitareans 2 bill... what about our own

    October 19, 2010 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joe

    Did he mention the American drillers, otherwise known as Plan B?

    October 19, 2010 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. lou

    tired of this story, glad the miners are free. i think the chilean president is just trying to get as much publicity as he can now.

    October 19, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
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