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

    need a hint?

    October 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dude

    That gift rocks.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tomcat

    i do not ask for a pat on the back for the US db just want folks to know that even though we have been called world police we have sent our firefightes and advanced rescue teams world wide to help during hurrianes or earthquakes

    October 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • KellyinBoston

      Did any of that happen here? I'm not debating–I just didn't hear about it. Did we send rescue workers to Chile?

      October 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tomcat

    am i rude? no realistic. come on doug panties ring a bell?

    October 18, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tomcat

    come on doug cat got your tongue he was touted as one of canadas best

    October 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tomcat

    hey db i am partial to venison chili. hey doug what says meow meow? a p.....y cat

    October 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pat

    "Queen Elizabeth Brains Charles and Camilla with Chilean Rock! Film at 11!" 😉

    October 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tomcat

    oh sorry to be so rude. so this big time canadian airforce guy had a thing for panties. uh oh since some he stole were from underage girls he will spend his life in prison. still too rude for you?

    October 19, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jameister

    Liz has diamonds bigger than that rock.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. tomcat

    kelly are you from a family that is irish?

    October 19, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
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    October 19, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. james

    It looks like shes saying "You must be kidding"

    October 19, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. tomcat

    to yalls dismay there are some basic basic things i believe in my family the brotherhood of the FD and the US. sorry god did not make the top three. am i outspoken? yes will i call you out? yes. sorry for being half irish and italian that had a dad that expected a response to the questions he asked at dinner till this day i will debate till proven wrong.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. hotthatiam

    Are people really that stupid??? Come on...Watching this for the first time I figured this was all a hoax. Everything was staged to allow Chileans people hope and recognition for their race. Their country has been suffering and the Chilean president had to do something about it. He came up with this plan to get other countries involve in order for the world to see "love" that others have for one another. Did it work?? Well, I really don't care to be fooled if this in fact to appear to happen for the reasons I stated.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • mama panda

      No, unlike you, most people aren't that stupid.

      October 19, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Max

      I suppose you also believe 9/11 was an inside job and the lunar landing was staged....go back to your basement!

      October 19, 2010 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. tomcat

    i am glad they are out of the mine. what happened down there is between them. is it our business? hell no. i am sure there is the same brotherhood in the mines as other fraternal groups that would raise questions.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
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