Pope gives queen gift for George
Published 04/04/2014 | 02:30
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip met Pope Francis for the first time during a five-hour visit to Rome, receiving a gift for Prince George from the Pontiff.
Francis gave her a blue orb decorated with a silver cross for her eight-month-old great grandson. "It's for the little boy," the Pope said in his native Spanish, as he pointed to the orb – a traditional emblem of the power of Christian monarchs.
"That's very nice, he will be thrilled," said the queen.
Then, perhaps realising that a heavy sphere topped by a cross with four sharp points was not entirely suitable for a baby, she added: "When he's a little older."
In return, the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh gave Pope Francis a hamper of food and drink. As the duke held up a bottle of malt whisky, the queen said: "It's from Balmoral, up in Scotland," to which the Pope looked slightly taken aback before smiling. (© Daily Telegraph, London)