Baseball jersey for baby Archie and a pop-up book for the Queen among gifts given to the royals


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie was showered with gifts during his first official overseas royal tour – receiving everything from soft toys to a pair of dungarees.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was just four months old when Meghan and Harry took him to South Africa last autumn and his parents were given armfuls of presents, Buckingham Palace’s 2019 list of official gifts reveals.

The Queen received 72 official presents, including one item that may prove useful for visits to the royal stud – a 24-carat gold-plated horse comb from President Borut Pahor of Slovenia.

Prince Harry and wife Meghan react as they are presented with gifts for Archie as they meet New York Yankees players ahead of their match against the Boston Red Sox in June last year at the London Stadium

The Duchess of Cambridge receives a headdress from a member of the Kalash tribe during her visit to the Bumburate Valley in Pakistan in October last year

The Duchess of Cambridge receives a headdress from a member of the Kalash tribe during her visit to the Bumburate Valley in Pakistan in October last year 

Prince William is given a rainbow flag themed gift bag Albert Kennedy Trust chief executive Tim Sigsworth as he visits the centre to learn about LGBT youth homelessness in June last year

Prince William is given a rainbow flag themed gift bag Albert Kennedy Trust chief executive Tim Sigsworth as he visits the centre to learn about LGBT youth homelessness in June last year

When the Sussexes met Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a hero of the anti-apartheid movement, in Cape Town last September, the elderly cleric gave Archie two children’s books he had written – a collection of Bible stories, and Desmond And The Very Mean Word.

During the trip the youngster, who will celebrate his first birthday on May 6, was presented with 14 books in total by well-wishers, four soft toys, and two beaded bracelets.

He was also given a framed picture, hooded sweater, knitted jumper and a present for a possible future career – a pilot’s log book and two pilot’s shirts.

While in South Africa, Harry and Meghan, who now live in Los Angeles after stepping down as working royals, received a range of presents from three pairs of socks to a pair of jeans for Meghan and other clothes for the duchess.

The Duchess brings a smile to a young boy's face as he gives her a gift at Revoe Park in Blackpool last year

The Duchess brings a smile to a young boy’s face as he gives her a gift at Revoe Park in Blackpool last year

Prince Harry receives a gift from Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi at the State House on day seven of the royal tour of Africa in September last year

Prince Harry receives a gift from Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi at the State House on day seven of the royal tour of Africa in September last year 

Details of the jeans were not included in the list of official gifts but when Meghan visited Johannesburg she collected a pair of designer jeans she commissioned from one of South Africa’s up-and-coming brands.

Lesedi Masemola, manager of Tshepo’s showroom, said at the time that they had made the duchess a pair of skinny fit jeans, and when Meghan saw a pair of dungarees they had also created for Archie she described them as “very cute”.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were given a tiny pair of brown leather lederhosen for Archie by the Minister-President of Bavaria Markus Soder.

Charles and Camilla received 36 presents for the Sussexes’ baby son including four soft toy pretzels and two cuddly lions during their trip to Germany just days after he was born.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave Charles an optical rangefinder – which is used for measuring distance, usually to a target point – and, for Archie, a blanket, hat and a teddy bear.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets the Queen at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during his state visit to the UK. He gave Her Majesty a pop up book last year. The president is pictured meeting her in October 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets the Queen at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, during his state visit to the UK. He gave Her Majesty a pop up book last year. The president is pictured meeting her in October 2015

The heir to the throne was also presented with two porcelain models of lions by an unnamed individual.

The prince received calligraphy on a board, a fan, a scarf and a box of biscuits from Yagi-Daika, head monk of the Zojoji temple, when he travelled to Japan in October.

In Ireland in May, he was given a green knitted cape, a walking stick and an oak tree sapling, and in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a pair of swimming trunks and a tie, while in Grenada, Camilla was given a Batik sarong and three bars of chocolate.

The prince made a historic visit to Cuba in March last year, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel Bermudez gave him four boxes of cigars and a bottle of rum, as well as three books and a painting, while Camilla received a sculpture and a bottle of eau de toilette

 

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