Charles given 27 gifts for George

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Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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The Prince of Wales returned from an official tour of Canada with more than two dozen gifts for his young grandson Prince George – including two dream catchers, a plastic toy camel and a leather flying jacket.

Clarence House and Buckingham Palace have published their annual lists of official gifts received by members of the royal family in 2014.

Among the 27 presents Charles was given for George in Canada last May was a pewter teddy, a bag of chocolate coins and a tartan blanket.

The Duke of York received two boxes of mangoes through the post from the former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari in June and 10 boxes of the same fruit from the Prime Minister of Pakistan in August. Sending mangoes in Pakistan is seen as a statement of best wishes.

Andrew was also sent a platter of dates from Saudi Arabian Ambassador – Mohammed bin Nawaf Al-Saud.

He was given a decorative metal box from the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Sheik Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.

The Crown Prince pulled out of attending the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in April 2011 following unrest in Bahrain. Human rights campaigners had petitioned against his attendance because of his government’s treatment of protesters.

Other gifts Andrew received during his official trip to Bahrain last January included a floral display from Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa – who has been Bahrain’s Prime Minister for the last 43 years.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the Duke a copy of her own book Hard Choices.

In October, Andrew was given a paper mache model of himself at a school and an Arctic Monkey’s CD by the Kidzaware organisation.

The Queen received a dressage crop from the Governor General of Canada, a large wooden coffee grinder from a Jordanian ambassador at a “Dine and Sleep Party held at Windsor Castle” and two hand-crafter tribal arrows from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland.

She returned from Northern Ireland in June with a miniature 7 inch throne from the Game of Thrones series.

Kensington Palace later released a list of gifts received on official overseas tours for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Prince Harry.

George received 603 presents in Australia including, from members of the public 121 items of clothing, 120 books, five textile items, one piece of stationery, 18 pieces of sporting equipment, one plaque, three pictures, seven photographs, four perishable items, one musical instrument, five ornaments, one piece of jewellery, nine household items, 219 games and toys, two DVDs, two coins and four CDs.

Other gifts he received in Australia included a possum skin cloak from the Gundungurra Tribal Council Aboriginal Corporation, who also gave William and Kate a decorated kangaroo skin and three paintings.

Other presents ranged from a bucket and spade, a car sticker and a toothbrush to a skateboard and a surfboard.

In New Zealand, George was given 120 gifts including numerous items from the public, most notably “one piece of furniture”.

Other presents ranged from a polo mallet and a bike to his own miniature amphibious boat by the firm Sealegs.

In the US, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama gave Kate a basket of honey, William two unnamed books and George, who stayed at home with his nanny in the UK, a soft toy.

The University of St Andrews handed over a miniature academic gown for the prince.

Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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