The Duke and Dutchess of Sussex’s trip to Australia has taken the country by storm, with devoted fans lining up for hours to catch a glimpse of their favourite royals, all with gifts in hand.
They’ve only been here for a few days, but have already been handed countless stuffed animals, Tim Tams and artworks, but what exactly happens to all this stuff?
According to the official Royal Gifts Policy 2003, every single gift is recorded (if possible) and if they are not consumed/used by a member of the Royal Family, then they are either donated to charity, displayed in a royal residency or held in storage.
"Under no circumstances should official gifts be sold or exchanged, but they may:
- Be personally used or consumed by the Member of The Royal Family;
- Be used or displayed in properties in Royal residences and on Royal Estates;
"If perishable official gifts with a value less than £150 are not to be personally used or consumed by the Member of The Royal Family, in order to avoid waste, they may be given to charities or other third parties, including, for the avoidance of doubt, staff. Perishable official gifts with a value of over £150 not to be personally used or consumed by the Member of The Royal Family should pass to charity."
So there you have it. Every single stuffed koala and pasta necklace is added to the records and finds a home, whether with the royals or with a charity!
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