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Re: Princess Diana's reported gold chest gift with gold jewels
It must have been considered as a state gift as same was received on a state visit then, but then they are pictures around with Diana wearing some serious gold jewelry such as a solid gold necklace and bracelets.
She was indeed offered gold chest gift with gold jewels.
However and sadly, I have never found a good photo of the gold jewels
Could very well be true. I think the vaults of Buckingham Palace must be overflowing with Jewels and gold gifts given over the years that never get worn. A lot of it has to do with whether these gifts get declared as either state property or personal property (in which case they are liable for death taxes)
There’s a whole debate about this kind of gift giving. Camilla’s Saudi jewels are a good example.
I also remember reading about Edward VII receiving gifts from the Maharajas and the details being published but by the Edward VIII went on his tours it was hushed up.