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The Queen has met Pope Francis for the first time during a one-day visit to Rome.
It is the Queen's first foreign trip since a visit to Australia in 2011.
She gave the pontiff gifts 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 the Pope a wicker basket full of food.
The 18 items from Buckingham Palace, Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral also included two types of honey, chutney, soap, and 'Coronation Best Bitter' beer.
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, or would donate it.
The pontiff gave the Queen and Prince Philip an orb decorated with a silver cross to deliver to Prince George.
"He will be thrilled by it," the Queen told the Pope. Then she paused and added: "When he is a little older."
The heads of the Catholic and Anglican churches met privately for about 25 minutes, in what was seen as part of a long process aimed at improving relations between the religions.