Wednesday 26 October 2016

Fairy dust, lollipops and a marzipan Brandenburg Gate among royal gifts

Published 13/01/2016 | 18:01

Charles and Camilla hold gifts they received during a visit to Tanzania
Charles and Camilla hold gifts they received during a visit to Tanzania

Two giant lollipops, a pair of booties and a wooden rattle were just some of the presents Prince George and Princess Charlotte received from well-wishers last year.

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The Duke of Cambridge and Prince of Wales were given dozens of gifts for the youngsters while on official overseas trips during 2015.

Well-wishers gave the proud father and doting grandfather everything from books and baby clothes to toys for the popular prince and princess.

Charles received what is probably one of his most unusual presents - a packet of fairy dust when in New Zealand.

And Prince Harry was also given unconventional gifts, from a packet of McVitie's Jaffa Cakes to Weetabix cereal.

The items were named among a list of official gifts received by members of the Royal Family during royal engagements at home and abroad during 2015.

During Charles and Camilla's visit to New Zealand in November they were given a pair of booties, an organic wool hat, a vest and blanket for Charlotte by an unnamed individual.

David Carter, the speaker of the New Zealand parliament, presented the royal couple with a woollen poncho for the baby Princess and a woollen tank top for her older brother.

There were more gifts for the children when the Prince and Duchess visited the Republic of Ireland in May last year.

A member of the public presented two giant lollipops and a ceramic money box for each of the children, while an unnamed individual gave a wooden rattle for Charlotte.

George was in the thoughts of the Emperor and Empress of Japan who presented William with a soft toy for his son during a trip to the Far East early last year.

In China William was given two sets of the following gifts for his son - a toy telephone, packet of cards, paper flower, toy aeroplane and packet of postcards all from an unknown individual.

Harry missed the birth of his niece, Charlotte, who was born on May 2, as he was in the southern hemisphere but he too received gifts for the newest member of the Royal Family.

While touring New Zealand Harry was presented with three soft toy penguins, a quilt, bib and a snowsuit. The last was a gift from Lisa Kingi-Bon, chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Foundation.

During her state visit to Germany, President Joachim Gauck gave the Queen a model of the Brandenburg Gate - one of Berlin's most important monuments - made out of marzipan.

A member of the public gave Harry what appeared to be a shopping bag of random items during his tour May tour of New Zealand.

It featured everything from a packet of McVitie's Jaffa Cakes and a jar of Marmite to a "bag of pineapple lumps", while another well wisher presented him with a box of Weetabix and some chocolates.

Official gifts can be worn and used, but are not considered the royals' personal property. They do not pay tax on them.

They can eat any food they are given and perishable official gifts with a value less than £150 can also be given to charity or staff.

Gifts cannot be sold or exchanged and eventually become part of the Royal Collection, held in trust by the Queen for her successors and the nation.

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