Queen Baffled by Portrait Gift as She Asks German President: 'Is That Supposed to Be My Father?'

The question, for anyone having to choose a gift for the Queen, is what to give the woman who has everything. The answer, as Germany’s president Joachim Gauck discovered on Wednesday, is certainly not a modernist portrait of Her Majesty on a blue pony.
President Gauck’s official welcome of the Queen to his country got off to a distinctly awkward start when the monarch reacted with disdain to her official present, an acrylic painting by Nicole Leidenfrost.