The Royal family are regularly gifted many different presents from admirers all over the world. And this week, an official list detailing everything the family received over the course of 2016 has been released – and some of the gifts may surprise you.
The Queen was, perhaps understandably given her 90th birthday celebrations, sent the most amount of gifts in 2016. The monarch’s presents ranged from the impressive to the downright odd, with one particularly lavish gift being a large chest of wine from the Slovakian ambassador, and another, a bag of purple salt from the British Virgin Islands.
And now, a whole exhibition dedicated to the weird and wonderful gifts the Queen has received over the years is opening at Buckingham Palace. 250 items are set to go in display, including a Buckingham Palace tube sign, a model boat, a pair of woven baskets, and of course, the bag of salt from the people of Samoa.
The exhibition will take place in the State Rooms as part of the summer season at the palace, and visitors will get the chance to glance at all the treasures the Queen has amassed throughout her 65-year reign.
It begins on the 22nd July and is open until the 1st October.
The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge were not left without their fair share of gifts, although their’s may well prove to be slightly more practical than that of the Queen’s. Prince William was given a box of toiletries from a member of the public, along with a vest, a pair of woollen mittens, and a pair of shoes – perfect for the chilly weather.
Kate was gifted with some similar things when the couple were on tour abroad last year, but was also lucky enough to recieve various bouquets of flowers and a beaded purple rose, from a member of the public.
However, adorable Prince George and Princess Charlotte were perhaps the most favoured in the gift-giving of 2016 – accumulating a staggering 165 between them, from their royal tour of Canada alone. Charlotte received gifts including shoes, a guitar, and even a mini ice hockey stick, while her brother was sure to be excited by a gift of Lego from the Mayor of Vancouver.
The gifts will eventually become part of the Royal Collection, which the Queen holds for her future successors or eventually, members of the public. Let’s hope she has a big enough cupboard to store them all in…