According to Sky News, the Royal Family must accept all gifts graciously when they are given them by royal fans, however royal protocol dictates it is Queen Elizabeth who decides which members get to keep which gift. The Royal Family receive so many gifts on their royal tours, from well-wishers on the street, leaders of nations giving welcoming presents, and businesses thanking them for visiting.
Although the royals live in some of the largest estates in the country, not everything they receive as a present is kept.
According to the Royal Family’s Gifts Policy 2003, there are people the royals can and cannot accept presents from, and protocol will dictate what happens to the gifts.
This also includes when staff members are given items the royals decide not to keep.
The gifts policy’s preface says: “These are the latest guidelines and procedures governing the acceptance, classification, recording, retention and disposal of gifts by Members of The Royal Family.”
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This policy includes a rule that members of the family cannot accept any gifts which place them under obligation from the donor.
This means they cannot take a gift if they will be expected to do something in return.
On royal tours, the Royal Family will often be gifted a souvenir from the country they are visiting.
Sky News reported that these gifts will be taken back with the Royal Family, and anything…