Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

Champers, a horse, teddy bear, bag of salt... Queen reveals gifts for her 90th

By Tony Jones

The Queen received armfuls of presents during her 90th birthday year - from a massive bottle of Champagne to a purple bag of salt.

A list of the official gifts the monarch received to mark the milestone was published as the Queen joined fellow members of her local Women's Institute for a celebrity historian's talk - and an afternoon tea of cakes and sweet treats.

Looking relaxed and in good health, the Queen made her third appearance of the year after recovering from a heavy cold to spend the afternoon with Norfolk women she has known for decades.

The official gift list shows that then Prime Minister David Cameron and the Cabinet gave the Queen a crystal glass bowl, while the Royal Canadian Mounted Police presented the monarch with a horse called Sir John.

There was the usual birthday gift of a box of chocolates from the people and Government of Flanders, and a bottle of Champagne from the Executive Guild of Toastmasters - but it was a Nebuchadnezzar, which can hold 20 normal bottles of the wine.

Even the monarch's much loved pet corgis and dorgis were not forgotten, with four maroon-coloured padded small dog jackets, decorated with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's coat of arms, presented by the borough where the monarch lives.

The Jockey Club gave the Queen, its patron and a lifelong equestrian fan, a brooch representing the Epsom area landscape and racecourse. A mohair teddy bear called Bertie holding a boater hat and wearing a blazer was a birthday gift from the Henley Royal Regatta president.

The more unusual presents included a purple bag of salt from the people of the British Virgin Islands, which was decorated with the picture of a woman collecting salt next to a palm tree and house, with the ocean, a boat and a mountain range in the background.

The Prince of Wales was presented with weird, wonderful and mundane gifts during his official foreign tours last year.

Charles was given a model of Mother Teresa, a make-your-own doll kit and a straw model of a man and woman dancing when he toured the Balkans with the Duchess of Cornwall.

The list also showed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children were showered with presents during their recent trip to Canada.

William and Kate were given their own totem pole by the Carcross Tagish First Nation.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were given dozens of soft toys, books, and other playthings by well-wishers.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph