Theresa May is to present US President Donald Trump with a cup of ‘trust’
The Prime Minister is to hand over a "Quaich", a two-handed drinking vessel once seen as a gift for forging alliances between Highland clans.
Her gift is seen as reflecting her hopes of a strong bond with the new president, as well as giving a nod to his Scottish roots.
She is also taking a hamper of food produced from her grace-and-favour country residence as another gift.
The contents include apple juice and damson jam made from fruit grown in the gardens at the Chequers.
Theresa May ornamental Scottish cup will be presented to Trump and Melania on her arrival at the Whi
Bakewell tarts, marmalade and cranberry and white chocolate shorties baked at the Buckinghamshire estate will also feature in the hamper.
Quaich, pronounced "quake", is derived from the Scottish Gaelic word for "cup", according to Downing Street officials.
The artefacts originated in the Highlands, where they were prized by clan chiefs as a token of hospitality.
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The gift is seen as a reflection of the Prime Minister’s hopes for a strong bond with the new presid
Nowadays they are seen as symbols of welcome and kinship rather than being used as drinking vessels.
Two-handles on the cup signify trust, both on the part of the giver and receiver.
Officials described the artefact as "a timeless reminder of the enduring Scottish values of friendship and hospitality".