17 January 2018

Jewelry Additions from the Royal Gift List, 2017

It's time once again for the annual release of the royal gift lists for the previous year - and, of course, our scouring of those reports and lists to see if any sneaky jewelry items we didn't know about made the lists. Might not hit on any such luck this time around...

Reported lists of The Queen’s official gifts for 2017 include such treasures as glitter ball Christmas ornaments from the German president and the Union Flag from Major Tim Peake's spacesuit, but seem to be fairly jewel-free. We do know that she accepted a new garnet brooch from the Czech president.

The Duchess of Cornwall’s lists are low on jewelry as well, and seem to include mainly small items like a necklace from an individual while on tour in Canada. Her overseas travel in 2017 included a trip to Brunei, where her gift from The Sultan and The Raja Isteri was a handbag and The Prince of Wales received a set including wristwatch, a pair of cufflinks, a ring, and a ball point pen. Both received medals for The Sultan’s Golden Jubilee.

Charles and Camilla both picked up a tremendous amount of books, on a non-jewel note. And scarves, which are always a popular royal gift. The Princess Royal picked up 12 scarves in addition to 8 brooches and an array of other gifts during her busy working year.

The Duchess of Cambridge received a number of likely smaller items as well, including three pairs of earrings from individuals in Poland and Germany, a brooch and charm bracelet from an individual in Luxembourg, and a necklace accepted on her behalf by Prince William from a member of the public in Finland. She also received an amber necklace from the Mayor of Gdańsk, and a picture was published of that. The Duke of Cambridge received amber cufflinks.
The Duchess of Cambridge's amber necklace from Gdańsk
Grzegorz Mehring/www.gdansk.pl

Articles about the gift lists can be found in many places, including this PA article and this Birmingham Mail 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 (and some, depending on the type of gift and its value, can be given to charity or staff or consumed, as in the case of food); 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