Written by News 1st
16 Jan, 2014 | 10:00 am
The Buckingham Palace and Clarence House has revealed the details of the items and donors of the official gifts to members of the Royal Family received last year.
According to a list that was released, one of the gifts the queen has received was a portrait of hers, burned on to a tree trunk, presented by a member of the Sri Lankan Parliament.
A gnome, a photograph of the Royal Family set on a decorative ostrich egg, and golf clubs were among the other gifts received by the Royal Family in 2013.
The Queen has received altogether more than 70 presents from foreign dignitaries, charities and private individuals.
Regulations state that official gifts are not the property of the royal recipient but may be used by them.
The rules surrounding gifts to the Royal Family call for extravagant gifts to be “discouraged” and can be refused if they are inappropriate or “appear to place the member of the Royal Family under any obligation to the donor”.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall received their official gifts while they were touring in Sri Lanka and India, and the Gulf states.
Prince Charles lists ceremonial necklaces, several chests of teas, a number of decorative elephants, Arabic coffee sets and bottle of perfume as items received on the trips.
Apart from the colourful art and exotic objects the Queen received from foreign dignitaries, she also received some unusual novelty items on engagements in the UK.
On a visit to Baker Street station to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, the Queen was given a commemorative Oyster Card.
And an artillery cartridge that was fired as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations was mounted on a plinth and offered to the Queen on a visit to the barracks of the the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.
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