Mexico’s president given George Orwell’s 1984 by the Queen

 

(TELEGRAPH)   The president of Mexico received one of the more unusual gifts given by the Queen during an incoming state visit today – a copy of the classic dystopian novel 1984.

At Buckingham Palace, Felipe Calderon was presented with a first edition of George Orwell’s nightmarish book, which tells of a totalitarian regime and coined the concept Big Brother. 

 

EDITORS NOTE:  YOU THINK THE QUEEN WAS TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE?!

The Royal Household seeks guidance from the staff of incoming VIPs when deciding what to offer during the official exchange of gifts.

 

 

A Palace spokeswoman said: “Apparently the president really admires George Orwell.” 

 

The 1949 book was boxed in leather by the bindery at Windsor. 

 

Mr Calderon also received the traditional present given to guests – framed photographs of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. 

 

The president’s wife Margarita Zavala received a small silver box with EIIR inscribed in gold on the lid. 

 

The Queen received a Maque tray from Michoacan, the Mexican state from which the president comes. Philip received a wooden Olinala chest. 

 

The exchange of gifts between rulers is a long-standing custom. In 1520 Henry VIII and Francis I of France exchanged gifts at the Field of Cloth of Gold in northern France. 

 

During a state visit, the exchange usually happens on the first day and serves as a gesture of goodwill between the two nations.

 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5077917/Mexicos-president-given-George-Orwells-1984-by-the-Queen.html

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