20 January 2017

Jewelry Additions from the Royal Gift List, 2016

Lists of official gifts given to the Royal Family in 2016 were released yesterday. These lists include everything from living things (such as a horse from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police called Sir John) to food and drink (a nebuchadnezzar of champagne, anyone?), and the givers can be anyone from heads of state to unnamed members of the public. As always, we are on the hunt for the jewels.

The Queen was the year's big gift winner, 2016 having been a big birthday year and all, but what's been released is a little sparse on the jewelry front. She did receive a brooch from the Jockey Club representing the Epsom landscape and racecourse, which makes at least two horse-themed pieces of jewelry received last year.

The Duchess of Cornwall's year included a trip to the Middle East with The Prince of Wales, yielding a watch from The King of Bahrain (Charles got one too) and a necklace from Bahrain's prime minister. The couple's visit to the Western Balkans provided a pair of earrings from the Prime Minister of Croatia, a necklace from the Speaker of the Serbian Parliament, and a brooch from the President of Kosovo.

The Duchess of Cambridge received a set of jewelry from the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and a necklace from The Queen of Bhutan, which she wore when departing from Bhutan. Both Kate and Camilla (and other members of the family) received gifts listed as jewelry from individuals or members of the public, which I imagine are smaller items; the lists don't include any real detail. Someone has the right idea, though: Princess Charlotte is listed as the recipient of a "toy tiara".

Articles about the gift lists can be found in many places, including this Guardian article and this Telegraph article.

About official gifts: Official gifts are those received during an official engagement or in connection with an official royal role. These gifts are not the private property of the royal recipient. Members of the royal family can use these gifts for their lifetime; on their death, they are passed to the monarch, who will decide if they should become part of the Royal collection or continue to be used by the deceased's successors. The official gift policy was created in 2003 following issues with distribution of gifts; it can be read here.