What Not to Get William and Kate: Highlights from Their 2011 Royal Gift List
A list of all the gifts William and Kate received on their 2011 overseas tours has been released. Just in case you were curious.
It’s unlikely that any of us will ever be in a position in which we will have to find a gift for William and Kate; but just in case it does happen, now you know exactly what not to get them. The list of gifts the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received on during their 2011 overseas tours has just been released, so now we’ve all got a record of exactly what they do and don’t have already. Because obviously you’d want to avoid giving them duplicate gifts.
The list, which has been posted on Prince Charles’ official website (bet you didn’t know Prince Charles even HAS an official website!) is a whopping 14 pages long, and believe you me, it’s a doozy. It’s divided up by location, covering New Zealand and Australia before moving onto Canada and the US. Want some highlights? Here you go:
– In New Zealand, William was given rather a lot of baseball caps; several entries on the list read, “selection of baseball caps,” “four baseball caps,” and the like. He also received a block of jade and a commemorative plaque. What exactly that plaque is commemorating, however, remains a mystery.
– In Australia, he got a bunch of sports jerseys, more hats, a cricket jacket, books and DVDs out the wazoo, a “soft toy” of some sort, a wooden mantle clock and trinket box, aboriginal art… and a jar of Vegemite. The jar of Vegemite is just listed as coming from an “individual,” but really, I just want to know what inspires a person to give Prince William a jar of Vegemite.
– Moving on to Canada: Along with the usual mountain of books and DVDs, William received such creative gifts as a flying helmet, a Canadian Ranger Patrol knife, a tartan waistcoat, and (oddly) a ballpoint pen. I guess it must have been a really fancy ballpoint pen. Kate, on the other hand, received a number of hats to add to her collection, among them a ladies blue hat, a tartan fascinator, and a peacock feather fascinator. She also now has quite a sizeable collection of wicker flower baskets. Addressed to both of them were things like a framed facsimile of the First Treaty concluded between the First Nations of Canada, some hockey jerseys, a pair of cowboy hats, caribou antler snow goggles, newspaper cuttings (why? No idea), a framed musical score… and a box of mailed correspondence. What? Why? Whose mail is it? Who knows.
– The biggie in the US was an iPad given to the royal couple from the Governor of California, Jerry Brown. The Chief of Staff to the British ambassador gave them a teddy bear, and (I kid you not) the Santa Barbara Coroner’s Office gave them a set of coasters.
They also now have enough scented soaps and hand towels to last a lifetime. I wonder what the royal policy is on regifting?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.