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 PiÃ±era brought all the way from Chile to Buckingham Palace was from the bottom of theÂ 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, PiÃ±era 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.
Did he give it to her with a straight face?
They aught to give her a ride in the bullet that brought them up......... ðŸ™‚
i don't know if they ever knew the US was there but the individuals that were there would appreciate a little gesture of it.
'It was unclear what the queen planned to do with the rock gift."
Hopefully she puts it in a slingshot and shoots Prince Charles right between those beady eyes.
she looks soooo unimpressed....
She's probably re-enacting the Charlie Brown Halloween special as we speak..............I got a candy bar!..........I got a pack of marshmallows!.................I got some chewing gum!................I got a rock.
rock was Gold undefined....
She is still a classy old broad
Just wondering, did he asked the miner who gave it to him if it was OK? I wouldn't like it if I give something to someone and he gives it away to someone else.
Some of you are acting as if it is the one and only rock from the bottom of the mine. I suspect he is handing out rocks all over Europe, and, further, I sure everyone of the miners and the rescuers already got theirs. I suspect additional rocks will be making their way to Ebay and other auction houses soon.
You do realize that the British outlawed slavery long before we Americans had to have a war over it, right? And you do know that the Royal Navy routinely patrolled and attacked slaving vessels thereafter, right? I am not sure you should be casting stones about who "slaves" whom about.
If it was the US, we would give the Queen something that we don't want. Like the state of Texas!