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Royal Family receive gnome among official gifts in 2013

January 15, 2014 1:36 PM
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Royal Family receive gnome among official gifts in 2013

A gnome, a photograph of the Royal Family set on a decorative ostrich egg, and golf clubs were among gifts received by the Royal Family in 2013.

The Queen received over 70 presents from foreign dignitaries, charities and private individuals.

A member of the Sri Lankan parliament presented a portrait of the Queen burned on to a tree trunk.

Regulations state that official gifts are not the private property of the royal but may be used by them.

Princess Anne also received some unusual sounding presents, including a plastic stand up angel, a garden gnome and a book titled Your Arms Remind Me of Pork Luncheon Meat.

Gifts to the Duke of York seem to have taken a culinary theme, with a chocolate hamper, Turkish sweets, champagne, tea, a gingerbread cathedral, a box of mangoes, macaroons and a chocolate bear gifted to him.

Ties were a popular present with the Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of York, Earl of Wessex and the Duke of Kent all receiving additions to their wardrobes.

The Queen also received gifts from the BBC, including framed copies of the Radio Times to commemorate her 60 years on the throne, and a radio alarm clock.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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