A bag of salt, a packet of Jaffa Cakes and pickled garlic scape - the strangest royal gifts

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall holding elaborate Boomerangs given to them during a visit to Kings Park Perth in western Australia.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall holding elaborate Boomerangs given to them during a visit to Kings Park Perth in western Australia.
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THE Prince of Wales received armfuls of presents for his grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte during his official travels last year.

Well-wishers gave the proud grandfather everything from practical gifts like baby booties and a wooden rattle to two giant lollipops.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori presenting a large rugby ball to the Duke of Cambridge

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori presenting a large rugby ball to the Duke of Cambridge

And Charles received what is probably one of his most unusual presents - a packet of fairy dust when in New Zealand.

The items were named among a list of official gifts received by members of the Royal Family during royal engagements both at home and abroad during 2015.

During Charles and Camilla’s visit to New Zealand in November they were given a pair of booties, an organic wool hat, a vest and blanket for Charlotte by an unnamed individual.

David Carter, the speaker of the New Zealand parliament, presented the royal couple with a woollen poncho for Charlotte and a woollen tank top for George.

There were more gifts for the children when the couple visited the Republic of Ireland in May last year.

A member of the public presented two giant lollipops and a ceramic money box for each of the children, while an unnamed individual gave a wooden rattle for the baby princess.

Official gifts can be worn and used, but are not considered the royals’ personal property. The royals do not pay tax on them.

They can eat any food they are given and perishable official gifts with a value less than £150 can also be given to charity or staff.

Gifts cannot be sold or exchanged and eventually become part of the Royal Collection, which is held in trust by the Queen for her successors and the nation.

The rules on official presents were tightened following the Peat inquiry in 2003 into the sale of royal gifts and the running of St James’s Palace.

During her state visit to Germany, the Queen was given a Brandenburg Gate - one of Berlin’s most important monuments - made out of marzipan. It was a present from President Joachim Gauck.

The Maltese prime minister tapped into one of the monarch’s favourite accessories by giving her a black handbag.

The Queen is known to favour her Launer bags, but may opt to use her new one by Charles & Ron - a contemporary brand based in Malta.

She was also given a framed watercolour of Villa Guardamangia - her much-loved former home in Malta.

Other gifts during 2015 included a bag of salt from the Governor of the British Virgin Islands. The 1lb bag is given to the British monarch every year as rent for Salt Island - one of the islands in the Caribbean archipelago.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup organisers gifted the first rugby ball of the World Cup in London.

Ecuadorian ambassador Carlos Abad Ortiz came to Buckingham Palace bearing a selection of pink and red roses, while the President of Kazakhstan gave a white and gold decorated tea service which included a sugar bowl, six cups and six saucers.

The monarch was also presented with a sapphire and diamond brooch in the shape of a fern by the Sri Lankan president, a sapphire and silver brooch from HMS Ocean, a Royal Navy amphibious assault ship and helicopter carrier, featuring 12 of the jewels and depicting three tridents rising from the waves, and a diamante brooch from the Queen’s Royal Lancers.

US first lady Michelle Obama gave the Queen a limited edition Tiffany sterling silver honeycomb and bee bud vase, as well as a gift box containing lemon verbena tea, a candle and two small pots of honey and a jar of honey butter from the White House Kitchen Garden.

Mrs Obama sent the gifts via the American Embassy when she visited the UK in June last year to promote the Let Girls Learn initiative.

Charles was given two baby comforters, thought to be for Charlotte who was only a few weeks old at the time, by a member of the public during his trip to Ireland last spring.

Arab royalty are known for their lavish gifts and during a tour of the Middle East in February the Prince was presented with a gentleman’s wristwatch by the Crown Prince of Kuwait.

When Charles and Camilla visited America last March, President Barack Obama gave the Prince a pair of cufflinks and a pen, while the First Lady gave the Duchess a basket of honey products.

George was in the thoughts of the Emperor and Empress of Japan who presented William with a soft toy for his son during a trip to the Far East early last year.

Other gifts for the toddler prince included two cup-and-ball style Kendama games presented by an unknown individual and a painting of a Samurai helmet.

In China William was given two sets of the following gifts for his son - a toy telephone, packet of cards, paper flower, toy aeroplane and packet of postcards all from an unknown individual.

President Barack Obama marked Harry’s brief trip to the US in October by giving him a mantle clock.

One member of the public gave Harry what appears to be a shopping bag of random items during his May tour of New Zealand, from a packet of McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes and a hand bell to a jar of Marmite, two key rings and what was described as a bag of pineapple lumps.

Harry missed the birth of his niece, Charlotte, who was born on May 2, as he was in the southern hemisphere but he too received gifts for the newest member of the Royal Family.

While touring New Zealand Harry was presented with three soft toy penguins, a quilt, bib and a snowsuit. The last was a gift from Lisa Kingi-Bon, chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Foundation.

The Princess Royal received a jar of pickled garlic scape during a visit to Montreal and a door plaque saying “Princess Sleeping” in Welsh on a trip to North Wales.

One member of the public sent Anne the board game MindTrap, which involves logical thinking riddles, through the post.

She also went home with a box of marshmallows after an engagement in the City of London.

The Duke of York, who does not smoke, received a cigarette box from Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, and a gold brooch from the sports minister of Papua New Guinea.

He is entitled to wear the hoody and T-shirt he was given in Vietnam in November.

The Earl of Wessex received 12 tins of smoked salmon from a member of the public, plus five bottles of white wine, in Canada. He now has an extra five pairs of socks, thanks to a Canadian sock entrepreneur.

The Countess of Wessex was presented with a jewelled stone brooch from the Czech president in Prague. Other gifts during the Countess’s trip included an evening dress, a beaded clutch bag, three pairs of earrings, two brooches and a crystal pendant.