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Britain's Queen, meeting pope, gives him eggs, whiskey, beer

Queen Meets Pope, Gives Him Eggs, Whiskey, Beer

BY PHILIP PULLELLA

(Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth met Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday and gave a bemused pontiff culinary delights from the royal estates, including a dozen eggs and a bottle of whisky.

"I've also brought something from all our estates, which is for you personally," said the queen, wearing a lavender dress and a purple hat, as she handed Francis a wicker basket full of food at the end of a 17-minute private meeting in the Vatican.

The 18 items from Buckingham Palace, Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral also included two types of honey, "Coronation Best Bitter," "Grandad's chutney" and "Sandringham handmade aromatherapy soaps".

A Vatican official said the pope would likely share the food with other residents of the guest house where he has lived since his election after renouncing the spacious papal apartments or would donate it.

The Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, met the pope in a modern room attached to the Vatican's audience hall without much of the ceremonial pomp that usually accompanies such visits.

A Vatican statement did not say what the two discussed. The Queen is also the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, which split from Rome in 1534.

The pope is Argentine and Britain went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas, in 1982.

To cut short any speculation that the two might have discussed the Falklands, the British embassy reminded reporters that while the pope may be Argentine, the Vatican's official position on the territorial dispute is a neutral one.

Francis also gave the queen a gift for her eight-month-old great-grandson, Prince George of Cambridge. It was a sphere made of lapis lazuli, a deep blue semi-precious stone, topped with the silver cross of St. Edward.

"He will be thrilled by it," the queen told the pope. Then she paused and added: "When he is a little older".

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decorsbie April 04 2014 at 6:49 AM

We need allot more people like the Pope. God bless him and the way he behaves.

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jeanreid671 April 04 2014 at 10:58 AM

A brilliant choice of gifts for exchange.

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Mrs. Erickson April 04 2014 at 1:24 AM

The Queen is a very gracious women. The Pope is the best one, understanding people andd their needs and wants

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gg77bay April 03 2014 at 11:48 PM

say the pope like to cook cakes..ok the eggs will work!!

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Anne April 04 2014 at 11:19 AM

Fairly nice lst meeting.

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blondieroberts06 April 03 2014 at 11:43 PM

Food was a great idea.. everyone has to eat no matter how frugal you are.

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BARBS April 04 2014 at 11:22 AM

I think the gifts are wonderful - very thoughtful and caring....Long Live the Pope and Queen!

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Kaleidoscopoenovel April 04 2014 at 11:29 AM

What a wonderful world!

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Diana April 04 2014 at 11:32 AM

I have known several priests on a friendly basis and all of them drank, whiskey or some such.

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thomasymmot April 04 2014 at 10:51 AM

the pope, queen and price philip. looking at them gives me hope for this world.

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