Prince William and Kate cannot accept souvenirs gifted abroad over 'obligation' threat

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Prince William and Kate cannot accept souvenirs gifted abroad over 'obligation' threat

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are a well-travelled pair, taking on a huge proportion of international duties on behalf of Queen Eliza

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Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are a well-travelled pair, taking on a huge proportion of international duties on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, now 94-years-old. However, unlike the typical traveller, when travelling as a member of the Royal Family, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge must follow strict etiquette rules.

However, there are some instances in which Royal Family members can accept gifts, though there are strict rules which must be adhered to.

“There are several different types of gifts,” continued Ms Chertoff.

“Those from individuals, charities, foreign governments and businesses.

“All official gifts are acknowledged and recorded, including who the gift is from and what it was.”

She added: “Whether the individual keeps the gift will depend on what it is and who it is from.

“Gifts may be used or consumed – if it’s food or drink – displayed in a Royal residence, become part of the Royal Collection (all gifts to the Queen from a Head of State or government become part of the Royal Collection) or placed on loan with an organisation.”

There have been times, particularly with younger members of the family, where the rules on gifting have been bent in certain circumstances.

For example, Prince William and Kate took their eldest son Prince George along with them on their 2014 royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.

During the trip, he was given a stuffed bilby teddy which he took a shine to and was allowed to keep.

Diana, Princess of Wales, became famed for donating her thousands of flowers to local hospitals and charities when she was travelling abroad.

Along with not receiving gifts, Ms Chertoff points out some rules on ways the royals can not “gift” members of the public either.

“Royal family members typically do not sign autographs,” she said.

“While greeting well-wishers, members of the Royal Family do not sign autographs as Hollywood celebrities do.

“You rarely see them posing for selfies either, although fans may take photos.”



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