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Nearly 800 gifts for Prince George

Prince George of Cambridge was showered with nearly 800 official gifts last year - more than 600 of them during his tour of Australia.

Kensington Palace published its annual list of presents received on overseas tours for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, George and Prince Harry, as did Buckingham Palace and Clarence House for the rest of the royal family.

The young prince, who turned one in July, was given some 774 gifts during 2014 - 603 of them in Australia, including, from members of the public 121 items of clothing, 120 books, five textile items, one piece of stationery, 18 pieces of sporting equipment, one plaque, three pictures, seven photographs, four perishable items, one musical instrument, five ornaments, one piece of jewellery, nine household items, 219 games and toys, two DVDs, two coins and four CDs.

Other gifts he received in Australia included a possum skin cloak from the Gundungurra Tribal Council Aboriginal Corporation, who also gave William and Kate a decorated kangaroo skin and three paintings.

His presents - which totalled more than seven times the number the Queen received - ranged from a bucket and spade, a car sticker and a toothbrush to a skateboard and a surfboard.

In New Zealand, George was given 120 gifts including numerous items from the public, most notably "one piece of furniture". He received his own miniature amphibious boat by the firm Sealegs.

The Prince of Wales returned from an official tour of Canada with more than two dozen official gifts for his young grandson Prince George - including two dream catchers, a plastic toy camel and a leather flying jacket, and in Colombia he was given two presents for George.

William came home with seven official gifts from Malta for the prince and 14 from the US, where President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama gave Kate a basket of honey, William two unnamed books and George, who stayed at home with his nanny in the UK, a soft toy. The University of St Andrews handed over a miniature academic gown for the prince.

The Duke of York received two boxes of mangoes through the post from the former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari in June and 10 boxes of the same fruit from the prime minister of Pakistan in August. Sending mangoes in Pakistan is seen as a statement of best wishes. The Princess Royal also got 100 mangoes from Pakistan.

Official gifts can be worn and used, but are not considered the royals' personal property. The royals do not pay tax on them.

Andrew and Anne are entitled to eat their mangoes. Perishable official gifts with a value less than £150 can also be given to charity or staff, if not used by the royals.

Gifts cannot be sold or exchanged and eventually become part of the Royal Collection, which is held in trust by the Queen for her successors and the nation.

The rules on official presents were tightened following the Peat inquiry in 2003 into the sale of royal gifts and the running of St James's Palace.

Andrew was also sent a platter of dates from Saudi Arabian Ambassador - Mohammed bin Nawaf Al-Saud.

He was given a decorative metal box from the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Sheik Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.

The Crown Prince pulled out of attending the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in April 2011 following unrest in Bahrain. Human rights campaigners had petitioned against his attendance because of his government's treatment of protesters.

Other gifts Andrew received during his official trip to Bahrain last January included a floral display from Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa - who has been Bahrain's prime minister for the last 43 years.

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton sent the Duke a copy of her own book Hard Choices.

In October, Andrew was given a paper mache model of himself at a school and an Arctic Monkey's CD by the Kidzaware organisation.

The Queen received a dressage crop from the Governor General of Canada, a large wooden coffee grinder from a Jordanian ambassador at a "Dine and Sleep Party held at Windsor Castle" and two hand-crafter tribal arrows from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland.

She returned from Northern Ireland in June with a miniature 7-inch throne from the Game of Thrones series.

Prince Harry received an automatic rifle - marked as "decommissioned" in the list of gifts - from an unnamed individual, as well as an Omani shemagh scarf headdress from a member of the public during his trip to Oman in November.

In Abu Dhabi, where the ruling royal family are known for their extravagant gifts, Harry was given a wristwatch. During his visit to Estonia and Italy in May, he received a Bible from the chaplain general to Her Majesty's Land Forces.

A trip to Brazil and Chile in June saw him return with a replica F1 racing helmet, six football shirts, a silver cigarette box and, from the commander of the special operations brigade Lautaro, a Chilean special forces knife. One member of the public gave him two bottles of ale.

The Duke of Edinburgh received a case of beer to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.

One member of the public gave the Princess Royal a Christmas jumper, while another handed over a 50ml bottle of Poison - the perfume by Christian Dior.

Anne was also given a stuffed bear, a knitted snood, a statue of three rugby players, and, from Irish president Michael D Higgins, a tan/camel-coloured cape. She was also sent 24hr deodorant and aftershave in the post.

The Duke of Kent was given a large box of kippers and four bottles of gin in 2014, among other gifts.

From Wellington Barracks, the Queen was given a silver box containing soil from First World War battlefields when she opened the Flanders Memorial Garden at the Barracks in November.

The King of Saudi Arabia gave Charles two ceremonial swords, a desert cloak and a replica clock of the Makkah Clock Royal Tower in Mecca.

Buckingham Palace published official gifts given to the Queen, Prince Philip and other royals in the UK and abroad, but Clarence House and Kensington Palace published details of official gifts received for Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, William, Kate, George and Harry abroad, but not in the UK.

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