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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Revealed: The gifts President Higgins and wife Sabina gave the royal family on state visit

Published 10/04/2014 | 17:33

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President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne arrive to attend a banquet in the Presidents honour at The Guildhall, in London, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Higgins is on a state visit to Britain, the first ever by an Irish head of state. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne

Aras an Uachtarain has announced details of the official gifts presented by the President to members of the Royal family during his historical State visit.

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The Duke of Edinburgh was presented with a silver frame containing a tree sponsor certificate registered with the Tree Council of Ireland.

Prince Phillip is now the sponsor of a sessile oak species. He was also presented with a book entitled 'The Heritage Trees of Ireland' and a Brown tweed suit from the Donegal clothing company Magee.

Prince Charles of Wales was presented with a fly fishing frame and two books entitled 'Oilean' and 'If Ever You Go'. His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, was presented with a Foxford Rug, which was woven in the Mayo town itself.

Camilla Parker Bowles was also presented with an Irish handcrafted glass vase. And the couple were given a Galway Crystal Decanter and Glass set with a personal note from Mr Higgins to mark their wedding anniversary this week.

Despite being in New Zealand with his parents Prince William and Princess Kate, Prince George of Cambridge was also the recipient of a gift fro Mr and Mrs Higgins.

It may take him a few years until he can read the gift himself - the 1920s Oscar Wilde classic 'The Happy Prince'.

The Queen's grand daughter, Mia Tindall, was presented with 'Stories for Children' by Oscar Wilde and 'Irish Legends for Children' retold by Yvonne Carroll.

As had already been announced, Queen Elizabeth was presented with a table size bronze bust of the steeplechaser Arkle, with trainer Pat Taffe. It was created by sculptor and artist Emma McDermott.

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