BRITAIN: A Queen's Ransom for a Queen

Elizabeth got a little bit better than she gave

It was, well, a ransom fit for a queen. Not that Elizabeth II was exactly ad venturing for booty, but when Britain's monarch returned home last week from a three-week tour of six Persian Gulf states, she brought back an assortment of trinkets worth an estimated $2 million. Quite a haul, even for someone who is reputed to be the world's wealthiest woman.

The largesse was just a trifle embarrassing since the Queen got a little bit better than she gave. Her official gifts to her hosts in Kuwait, Bah rain, Saudi...

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