The Queen and Prince Charles's 2015 gifts include a bag of salt, bourbon and soap

By Chloe Best

The Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall receive dozens of gifts each year on their travels around both the U.K. and the globe, and the 2015 list of presents proves yet again that they're totally unpredictable. The Buckingham Palace released a complete rundown on Wednesday (Jan. 13), which includes soft toys, a diamond brooch and a bag of salt.

Gifts range from the weird to the wonderful, with a sapphire-and-diamond brooch set from the president of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, sure to be one of the standout items received by the monarch in 2015.


The Queen received a number of gifts during her visit to Germany.

While some presents have historic significance, such as the first rugby ball from the Rugby World Cup, others are slightly more questionable, including the bag of salt gifted to Her Majesty by John Duncan, governor of the British Virgin Islands.

The Queen received a number of gifts to commemorate her record reign in September, with a silver necklace and framed message of congratulations among the items received. Many other gifts came during her official tours to Malta and Germany, where she was presented with a marzipan representation of the Brandenberg Gate.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh look at the gifts they have received in Malta.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were the recipients of a similarly diverse array of gifts, from a baseball cap to a bar of soap presented in New Zealand.

Food and drink featured heavily, with members of the public from Jordan, New Zealand and the U.S. sharing everything from jars of honey and dates to bottles of bourbon and wine with their royal visitors.

Prince Charles and King Tuheitia exchange gifts in New Zealand.

The couple were also given a number of gifts for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, including baby clothes, soft toys and children's books.

The Queen has received many unusual gifts during her reign, including a number of animals such as jaguars and sloths from Brazil, two black beavers from Canada and an elephant called Jumbo from Cameroon.

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