Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Travel Gifts Revealed
(LONDON) — What do you get a royal couple who has everything? How about caribou antler goggles and a dragonfly brooch? Or a peacock feather fascinator? A rag doll?
That’s what three anonymous Canadians gave Prince William and Kate Middleton during their royal visit to North America this summer.
Buckingham Palace posted the full list of official gifts given to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their 2011 overseas tours on their website Tuesday, and the items run the gamut.
There are tons of traditional gift items like books, DVDs, pens, souvenirs, commemorative medallions, jewelry, scented soaps and art.
Other items have clear local or historical significance, such as framed aboriginal artwork the mayor of the City of Ipswich in Australia gave them during their March 2011 visit, or a “carved and inscribed building fragments from Christchurch earthquake” from New Zealand.
Then there’s the odder swag. Anonymous fans in Australia gave the couple a sleeping bag, a jar of Vegemite and a dog toy. There’s also a global selection of hats — baseball caps, cowboy hats, a “wide-brimmed hat,” an Akubra hat from Australia, blue hats, and fascinators — so the royal couple will never be lacking in the headwear department.
From their visit to California this summer, the royal newlyweds got an iPad from the California governor, and on a slightly stranger note, a teddy bear from the chief of staff to the British ambassador, and four coasters from the Santa Barbara county coroner.
Public officials who give gifts to members of the royal family are listed by title, according to the palace, but individuals who aren’t heads of state or don’t hold public office aren’t named. Members of the public can also give gifts during events and engagements on tours and it’s all meticulously recorded.
Official gifts accrued by royals on tours are technically received on behalf of the monarch, but the royals who receive them can make full use of the items, according to the UK’s Telegraph.
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