Posted on January 16, 2014

A brown leather jacket from Michelle Obama, a chocolate Windsor Castle, a garden gnome and an Oyster card were among the weird and wonderful gifts given to the royal family last year.

The long list of official presents shows wellwishers came up with creative ideas during 2013 to impress the family who has everything.Royals were showered with hundreds of goodies ranging from the practical – an audio radio clock for the Queen – to the bizarre – a painting of Princess Anne riding a moose.Prince Harry, 29, was inundated with clothing on his trip to the US last year, including several baseball caps, T-shirts, sports kits and a brown leather flying jacket from First Lady Michelle Obama.He also accepted a giant congratulations card to pass on to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – who welcomed their first child, George, last year.Books are among the most popular presents to wow the royals, with subjects including horses, history, maternity wards and poetry.The royals also received works of art, china, jewellery and photographs.More expensive treats include a five-strand pearl necklace and a jewel-encrusted gold photo frame from the President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi given to the Queen.Her Majesty, 87, was also given a clock featuring a silver horse and golden palm trees from the King of Bahrain and an Oyster card to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.A chocolate replica of the Queen’s Berkshire residence Windsor Castle was presented by the Mars chocolate factory.Tokens from abroad sent to the monarch include an Albanian handmade filigree ‘Lahuta’ – a type of musical instrument – and from the Republic of Korea a bottle of Korean red ginseng powder.

The popular herbal medicine is said to provide an energy boost.The President of Sri Lanka flashed the cash by presenting the Queen with a commemorative 500 rupee banknote encased in perspex.Prince Charles and Camilla were spoiled for souvenirs of their tours of the Middle East and India and Sri Lanka last year.The couple received 18 bottles of perfume, olive oil and a ceramic figurine of Charles with Postman Pat from Jordanian filmmakers Rubicon.They also took home a set of baby racing car overalls – presumably as a treat for Prince George.Most were handed directly to the lucky recipient during engagements in the UK and during official tours but some were posted to the palace.Princess Anne, 63, was one of the most popular members of the family, with more than 100 presents handed to her including a garden gnome, a wheel of Stilton cheese and a gospel CD.She is often hailed as the hardest-working royal and attended 450 official visits last year.Prince Philip, 92, received 18 presents, including a bottle of beer from the Cutty Sark Trust and a wooden box from the republic of Korea.The lists released by Buckingham Palace shows presents given at home and abroad to the Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne, the Duke of York, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Wessex, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.Lists from Clarence House show only presents given during official tours abroad.A royal aide said: “Many of these gifts are displayed around the Royal Residences, either in public rooms, or private apartments.”There is no information for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as the couple did not embark on any official visits last year due to the birth of Prince George.
Published by:Vicky Smith of Mirror News
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