William and Kate's bizarre gift list revealed

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Prince William and Kate Middleton
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the premiere of Warhorse in London.

What do you get the couple who has everything? Two mosquito traps and a jar of Vegemite, apparently.

Clarence House has released the list of official gifts received by Prince William and Kate Middleton during their visits overseas in 2011.

The Duke of Cambridge visited Australia and New Zealand alone in March, and was joined by his new bride for a tour of Canada and the US in June and July.

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On both trips, officials and members of the public showered the royals with all manner of presents, including caribou antler snow goggles, a rock sample, a pair of hard-carved salmon figurines, a papier mache model of a cassowary and a wooden humidor.

They also received a dog toy (despite not owning a pet dog), two polar bear shaped lapel pins, a peacock feather fascinator, beaded moccasins, a wicker fish basket, a jar of Vegemite, 54 books, a set of tuxedo buttons and two mosquito traps (thoughtfully gifted by Canada's Minister of Health).

Clarence House also released a list of presents received by William's father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during their tours of Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, South Africa and Tanzania.

Among the strangest gifts the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall received were eight jars of marmalade, a camel saddle, a ceremonial dagger, a velvet and brocade cape, the horn of an unspecified animal, a copy of the Qur'an and a pencil portrait of Charles' mother Queen Elizabeth as a girl.

The royal family is hitting the road en masse this year to celebrate the queen's diamond jubilee.

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Charles and Camilla will visit Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea while William and Kate will tour Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

Your say: What would you give William and Kate as a gift?

Video: The Duchess of Cambridge wows at Warhorse premiere

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