LONDON — Crystal vases, brooches, books: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II received dozens of traditional gifts last year, but she also got some unusual items, from a chocolate Windsor Castle to some enameled beetles.
Buckingham Palace on Wednesday released a list of official gifts the monarch and other members of Britain's royal family received in 2013 from foreign dignitaries, companies and charities. Many were predictable — china plates, paperweights, framed pictures — but some were more surprising.
The High Commissioner for Bangladesh gave the queen four enameled Scarab beetles, and Sri Lanka's president chose a portrait of the monarch burned onto a tree trunk. The maker of Mars Bars gave her a chocolate version of Windsor Castle and a chocolate carriage after she visited the company's U.K. headquarters.
Some of the more lavish items on the queen's gift list included a family photograph in a gold frame set on a jeweled ostrich egg and a five-strand pearl necklace, given by the president of the United Arab Emirates when he visited in April. The governor of Saskatchewan in Canada sent a diamond and tourmaline brooch.
Princess Anne also received some unconventional presents, including a gnome, a plastic angel, and an art print of the royal riding a moose — a gift from a Canadian artist.