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Mangoes And Socks Among Royal Family's Gifts
Decorative elephant figurines, a chocolate Windsor Castle and a box of mangoes were among the gifts given to the Royal Family last year, a newly published list has revealed.
Released by the Royal Palaces, the documents also show America's First Lady welcomed Prince Harry on his USA tour last year with a brown leather flying jacket.
The gift, presented by Michelle Obama to the touring prince during his visit to the White House in March 2013, was one of dozens he received during his nine-day visit.
Meanwhile, the commanding officer of the Australia Special Air Service Regiment bought Prince Harry a bottle of whisky, an engraved hip flask, pair of military goggles, pair of sunglasses, baseball cap, T-shirt, tie and two cup holders.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen was given a 500 rupee banknote encased in perspex, and a decorative white metal chest of loose tea by the controversial President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Sri Lankan leader also presented the Prince of Wales with a pair of cufflinks during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in September.
The country's Chief Monk gave Prince Charles two decorative elephant figurines.
The published lists also show that in March the Queen received a commemorative Oyster Card to use on public transport from the Commissioner of Transport for London, Sir Peter Hendy.
In April, Mars Chocolate UK presented the Queen with a chocolate Windsor Castle and chocolate Irish State Coach.
And later that month during an "inward state visit", the President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi showered Her Majesty with jewels by presenting her with a gold jewelled frame set on a decorative jewelled ostrich egg and five-strand pearl necklace, made from natural pearls sourced from the Arabian Gulf.
While visiting the BBC's New Broadcasting House in June last year, the Queen was presented with an audio clock radio and framed commemorative covers of the Radio Times from June 1953 until 2013.
Many of the gifts are kept by the members of the Royal Family, but others become part of the Royal Collection, and some items are given to charity
The Duke of York secured quite a haul of gifts over the past 12 months, netting among many things a weather alarm clock, box of mangoes, socks, and book The Kill List from author Frederick Forsyth.
And despite cutting back on a number of public engagements due to illness, the Duke of Edinburgh did not miss out, receiving several gifts including a bottle of beer from The Cutty Sark Trust and a miners' lamp from the head teacher at Langley Park Primary School.
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