The official list of gifts given to the Royal Family throughout 2016 has been released.
Prince George, three, and Princess Charlotte, one, received a particularly impressive selection of presents, with each child being showered with 165 gifts during their autumn tour of Canada alone.
George was the recipient of Lego from the Mayor of Vancouver, a fabric badge and medal from the Vancouver Police Department, and a woollen wrap from the Premier of British Columbia, amongst others, while Charlotte’s haul included a pair of shoes from the Mayor of Victoria, a hat from Nisga’a First Nation Elder and a miniature ice hockey stick from a member of the public.
The young royals weren’t the only ones showered with treats – their parents William and Kate were both given an array of goodies as well.
William’s declared list features some decidedly random items, including
a lace snowflake, a drum, an eagle feather and – perhaps most unusually – bread mix. Kate, meanwhile, was bestowed two fridge magnets, nine packets of cereal, a quilted wall hanging, and a cloak, amongst more traditional gifts like clothing and flowers.
Her Majesty The Queen also had a bumper year (well, it was her 90th birthday), receiving a chest of wine from the Slovakian ambassador, salmon and whiskey from the Northern Ireland Food and Drinks Industry, four padded dog jackets from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maindenhead, and a tartan travel rug from the Isle of Man Government Chief Minister – although it’s been suggested that her favourite gift was likely to be ‘Sir John’, the horse presented to her by the Canadian Mounties.
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Prince Harry didn’t go empty handed either, with rum, pepper sauce, board games and blue jogging bottoms all appearing on his rundown.
Interestingly, these official gifts, a list of which is released to the public each year, can be worn and used by the families, but they are not technically considered their personal property.
Eventually, they become part of the Royal Collection, which is held in trust by the Queen.