Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, receives a gift from a girl during a visit to Singapore. Photo: Getty
Some are nothing short of breathtaking. Others are verging on the tacky.
But every item on an official list of gifts given to members of the Royal family last year is someone’s answer to the question of what you give the person who has everything. They include a chocolate Irish State Coach, a car’s wheel nut, a garden gnome and a plastic angel.
The Princess Royal received arguably the most eclectic selection; it included a portrait of her riding a moose given by an artist in Canada, a knitted hat with horse’s ears and a book called Your Arms Remind Me of Pork Luncheon Meat.
A gold encrusted Malay warrior's sword was given to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as a gift last year. Photo: Getty
The Duke of Kent’s included a locking wheel nut mounted on a plinth, given to him by Aston Martin, some baking paper and a punnet of cherries.
The Queen enjoyed the most lavish gifts, including a five-strand pearl necklace from the president of the United Arab Emirates, four enamelled scarab beetles from Bangladesh and a diamond and tourmaline brooch from Saskatchewan in Canada. But she, too, had to grin and look pleased with several useless objects, including a 13lb artillery cartridge on a wooden base, a copy of The Bone and Joint Journal and a 500-rupee note, in perspex.
The Duke of York’s gifts included three golf clubs from Surinder Arora, the hotelier and an iPad mini from the Open University. The Duke of Edinburgh received a miner’s lamp, a bottle of beer and a wood-mounted Morse code key.
Prince Harry’s tour of the US netted him a leather flying jacket from Michelle Obama, a falconry glove from the US Air Force and a 3D printed doll of himself.
On a tour of the Middle East last March the Duchess of Cornwall was given a necklace by the Sultan of Oman and the Prince of Wales received a metal model of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz International Airport.
The Telegraph, UK