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Post  Panda on Thu 12 Jan - 13:27

Yee-Ha! Wills And Kate's Gift List Revealed

Will and Kate during their trip to Calgary, Canada, where they were presented with these cowboy hats.

10:40am UK, Wednesday January 11, 2012

What do you buy for a future king and queen who seemingly
have it all? This is the dilemma many face when it comes to choosing
souvenirs for William and Kate.

From elaborate hats to caribou antlers and even an iPad, the official
list of presents given to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their
2011 overseas tours shows how imaginative some can be.

During their widely-publicised visit to Canada and America
last year, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs presented the
fashion-loving Duchess with three pairs of shoes, while the Minister of
Alberta gave her a blue hat.

She was also given a tartan fascinator, a peacock feather fascinator,
a number of hand-made scarves and jewellery including brooches and

The gifts were the first for Kate, who turned 30 this week, but she can expect a whole lot more as she carries out her royal duties in the years to come.

The royal couple with a platinum and diamond brooch from a Hollywood jeweller

Meanwhile, Prince William
was presented with a flying helmet by the Royal Canadian Air Force, a
knife by the Canadian Rangers Patrol Group, and a tartan waistcoat to
match his wife's fascinator.

The couple also received a games board to keep them occupied in their
spare time, two cowboy hats from the Mayor of the City of Calgary and
mosquito traps from the country's Minister of Health.

The general director of the Institut de Tourisme et d'Hotellerie gave
the pair chef's jackets and four plates, while gifts from unnamed
individuals included a fabric wall hanging, a bottle of icewine and
champagne, a Caribou antler, snow goggles, a dragonfly brooch and a toy

The gifts continued when they travelled over the border into the
United States with the Governor of California presenting the pair with
an iPad and the Chief of Staff to the British Ambassador handing over a
teddy bear.

On William's trip to Australia and New Zealand in March,
he was presented with a jar of Vegemite, a cricket jacket, a selection
of baseball caps, scented soaps and hand towels, Aboriginal craftwork
and even earrings.

When he visited the city of Christchurch after it was devastated by an earthquake, he was given a collection of carved and inscribed building fragments recovered from the debris.

Details of gifts given to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of
Cornwall were also released by Clarence House. They included a glass bon
bon jar given to Prince Charles by Portugal's prime minister and a set
of Zulu spears and shields given to the couple by The Zulu Royal Family
in South Africa.

Charles also received eight jars of marmalade and a model of a guide dog in Spain.

Gifts made to royals are not their personal property and are added to the Royal Collection.

The Countess of Wessex became embroiled in controversy last week
after it was revealed she accepted two suites of jewels as presents
from the royal family of Bahrain, where protests against the regime have
been violently supressed.

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