I have just visited a very interesting exhibition at the V & A in London called Treasures of the Royal Courts; Tudors & Stuarts and the Russian Tsars. (see link below). It features many objects which were given by British Royals from the courts of Henry VII to Charles II, to the Russian Royals from Ivan IV (the Terrible) to the early Romanovs. Gifts on display ranged from jewellery, textiles, minatures to some wonderful silverware. Although the exhibition is relatively small, it is well worth a visit for some unusual and beautiful items of craftsmanship.
I don't think there is a separate thread on these forums concerning the long held tradition of exchanging gifts on State visits, so I thought it would be a good idea to start one. We could post details of the gifts( with pics) and any interesting background/explanation as to why they were chosen amd where they have ended up.
Here is one such article
Official Gifts to the Queen