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The Royal Family’s eclectic mix of gifts received last year

Every year a list is published detailing gifts received by Her Majesty The Queen and members of The Royal Family and every year the list seems to become more and more unusual. This years list was published on Thursday and appears to be the most eclectic mix of gifts yet.

The Queen’s love of horses is well known and this is shown in the gifts she received in the past year. A highlight of the equestrian themed offerings was a 24 carat gold-plated horse comb presented by the President of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.

Many of Her Majesty’s gifts were presented with an added touch of nostalgia. British Airways presented the Monarch with a model of a Boeing Stratocruiser – the aircraft on which The Queen and Prince Philip travelled to Canada on in 1951 – their first transatlantic flight. A small mulberry bowl was also presented to The Queen by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. The bowl was made from a tree planted by Queen Mary, The Queen’s grandmother, in 1921.

The Queen’s Grandmother, Queen Mary.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall had their fair share of unusual gifts too including two shell money necklaces from the Governor-General of the Solomon Islands. Their list also included a Maori weapon from New Zealand and a ‘sample sexual assault evidence-gathering kit’ for Camilla in Germany. The Duchess of Cornwall champions the fight against sexual and domestic violence.

Gifts for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge included several Chitral hats and numerous shawls from their tour of Pakistan. The tour also produced cricket bats for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Other highlights of this year’s list included:

  • A pop-up book for The Queen from President Xi Jinping of China. The subject of which was the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
  • A hamper of crisps given to Princess Anne during a visit to Corkers Crisps.
  • A lifetime membership card and certificate for The Duke of Kent from Egham Orbit on a Lieutenancy Visit to Surrey.
  • An Air Force One personalised jacket for The Duke of Edinburgh from President and Mrs Trump.
  • Hair ties for Princess Charlotte received by Prince William in Oman.
  • Two scarves and two clutch bags for The Duchess of Cambridge in Pakistan.
  • A painting of a swimming pig of the Bahamas for The Queen from the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Hands up who is looking forward to next year’s list already!

For the full list of gifts received by The Royal Family visit

Photos: Bassano Ltd / Public domain & Carfax2 / CC BY-SA


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