20 Truly Bizarre Gifts Received By The Royal Family

Buckingham Palace has released the lists of presents given to the Royal Family in 2013. Anyone for a painting of Queen Anne on a moose?

Buckingham Palace has today published its annual audit of presents given to the Royal Family.


Every time a member of the Royal Family is officially presented with a present by a visiting dignitary - or a member of the public - they are obliged to record what they received and who from. They do not take ownership of such gifts but are allowed to use them.

Here are some of the more unusual gifts that leading royals received during 2013.

1. The Queen: A limited edition Oyster Card.

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From Transport for London. But don’t expect to see the monarch on the Jubilee line anytime soon.

2. Princess Anne: A book entitled Your Arms Remind Me of Pork Luncheon Meat.

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A book with this title was presented to the Princess Royal on the 23rd April 2013.

If anyone has a copy of this work, please get in touch. There is no available listing for this book, so this is our artist’s impression of the cover.

3. Duke of Edinburgh: “Radio Society of Great Britain Centenary Limited Edition Morse Key mounted on wood with a metal plaque”.

“B-R-I-N-G-M-E-A-S-T-I-F-F-D-R-I-N-K”

4. The Queen: a chocolate model of the royal coach and Windsor Castle.

This took eight days to construct.

5. The Queen: A first edition copy of the academic Bone & Joint Journal.

Some light bedside reading.

6. Prince Andrew: A chocolate bear.

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From Buckinghamshire University Technical College.

7. The Queen: Framed copies of Radio Times covers.

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From the BBC, for the downstairs toilet wall.

8. The Queen: “Replica clay model of ‘The Great Mother’ presented in a wicker basket.”

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From the ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia.

9. The Queen: Some bottles of Malvern Spring Water.

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Given by Harriett Baldwin MP.

10. Prince Andrew: Mangoes.

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From the High Commissioner for Pakistan.

11. Prince Andrew: Another box of mangoes.

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From the lord lieutenant of the West Midlands.

We hope Prince Andrew really likes his mangoes.

12. Princess Anne: A history of the Kellogg’s company entitled 50 Years Of Making Sunshine.

Posted to the Princess with no further details. Perhaps someone had heard that she really liked Cornflakes?

13. The Queen: “Portrait of Her Majesty burned onto a tree trunk and mounted on wood”.


From a Sri Lankan MP. There is absolutely no way that we could visualise this.

14. The Queen: An armenian Bible.

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We’re not sure how good the Queen is at reading Armenian.

15. Prince Andrew: A book on the mindset of football managers.

Donated to Andrew by the author himself.

16. Princess Anne: A gnome.

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It’ll look great in the garden at St James’s Palace.

17. The Queen: a porcelain sculpture of her granddaughter Zara Phillips on a horse.

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18. Prince Andrew: “Keep Calm and Caber On” t-shirt.

From a competitor in the Victoria Highland Games of Canada.

19. Duke of Kent: A punnet of cherries.

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Presented at the Kent Country Show.

20. Princess Anne: “A contemporary art print of HRH riding a moose”.

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Presented in October on the Princess Royal’s trip to Canada.

Unfortunately no images could be found of this work of art, so BuzzFeed recreated an impression of it for your enjoyment.

In summary, if you want a lifetime supply of terrible artwork and free fruit then become a member of the royal family.

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