INTRODUCTION: Almost a thousand wedding gifts presented to the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, and his new bride, have been put on public display.
GV INT Wedding gifts on show inside St. James' Palace
SV Gold Dhow (boat) put on display, a present from His Highness the Emir of the State of Bahrain
CU Lacquered box from the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan
CU Gold painted plate from the Emperor and Empress of Japan
CU Porcelain horseman from the Federal Republic of Germany President
CU Cut glass vase from President and Mrs. Reagan
CU PAN Silver coffee set from the President of Sri Lanka PAN TO other gifts
CU Gold watch, ear rings, ring and necklace, pearl necklace and pearl bracelet from the United Arab Emirates
Background: INTRODUCTION: Almost a thousand wedding gifts presented to the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, and his new bride, have been put on public display. The Exhibition, at St. James' Palace in London, features gifts from international figures, to personal presents from friends and members of the public.
SYNOPSIS: Prestigious gifts stand side by side with the many household presents any young married couple might hope to receive. This gold dhow came from His Highness the Emir of the State of Bahrain.
The Crown Prince and Princess of Japan sent the Royal couple this ornate lacquered box, while the Emperor and Empress decided a large gold-painted plate was a fitting gift.
With a country mansion and a place apartment to fill, Prince Charles and his bride should find a place for most of the presents.
The President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, and his wife Nancy, sent them a Crystal bowl and a ceramic centre piece.
With the Silver Coffee set from the President of Sri Lanka, are many other presents, large and small. Expensive gifts from the Commonwealth and simple items are displayed side by side.
Altogether the Prince and Princess received 6,000 gifts. But some they were forced to say "no" to. Like the two sports cars and a share in an American oil well. They suggested that perhaps a donation to a charity of their choice was more fitting.
Source: REUTERS - LEO WALLER