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Friday, 13 July, 2001, 16:15 GMT 17:15 UK
Feudal homage paid to Queen
The mallards were presented to the monarch in Jersey
The Queen has been given the unusual gift of two dead ducks on a silver platter on the second day of her visit to the Channel Islands.

In a ceremony dating back 800 years, six lords of the manor in Jersey paid homage to the Queen.

Property tycoon Steve Morgan, who bought the feudal parish title of the Seigneur of Trinity, presented two mallards in tribute to the successor of William the Conqueror.

The Queen in Jersey
The Queen looked slightly bemused by the ceremony
The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, seemed slightly bemused by the gift.

Mr Morgan knelt on a red velvet stool and, speaking in French, presented the dead ducks to the visiting monarch.

The Queen touched the silver tray which was then handed to the Receiver General for Jersey, Group Captain Richard Green.

Since ducks are a protected species on the island, the dead ones had to be imported from the French mainland.

The ceremony was staged in St Helier's Howard Davies Park where a special sitting of the island's parliament, the States of Jersey, was convened.

The Queen was due to receive a live Jersey cow as well but this had to be cancelled because of the foot-and-mouth outbreak.

'Open, vibrant democracy'

Instead she unveiled a statue of a cow at the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society headquarters.

The Bailiff of Jersey Sir Philip Bailhache gave a speech, pledging the islanders' allegiance to the Crown and "deep affection, loyalty and respect" to the Queen.

He pointed out Jersey was no longer a feudal society, but was an "open, vibrant democracy".

The Queen and Prince Philip flew by helicopter to Jersey from Guernsey on Friday after island hopping to Alderney and Sark on Thursday.

They flew back to mainland Britain on Friday night.

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