01/18/2013

Will and Kate given a head start on baby toys

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Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge received more than a hundred gifts during their royal tour of southeast Asia and the Pacific. (Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got on early start on their baby's toy chest before they even knew a child was on the way.

The official list of gifts received from their nine-day trip to the south seas in September was released on Friday and among the well over a hundred gifts given to the couple were a teddy bear, children's games, a doll, several soft toys and -- if the infant turns out to be musically inclined -- a set of bamboo flutes.

Future mom Kate wasn't left out with 10 handbags or clutches, six pairs of shoes, three dresses and a couple of saris to go along with jewellry and South Seas pearls.

HockeyLists of gifts received from 2012 tours by Prince Charles and Prince Harry were also released by Clarence House. The presents all become the property of the Royal Household and are either stored or given to charities. If the royals chose to keep a gift for themselves, they must pay tax on the item.

Prince Charles and Camilla covered the most territory in 2012, making stops in Canada, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. Among the items they took home were a few for Will and Kate, including some toys and a pair of baby booties.

Canadians were quite generous during the three-day whistlestopping by Charles and Camilla in May, filling up the regal suitcases with more than 60 gifts that included everything from hockey jerseys to baseball caps to a dog lead to a canoe paddle.

Official gifts included a framed flag from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, an eReader from Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, a saddle pad from the RCMP and an eagle feather from the First Nations.

Prince Harry's haul from his Caribbean jaunt last March included several offbeat items -- a mounted cow horn from Jamaica's Chief of Defence staff, a slate Mayan calendar, several masks, a wooden wine rack and two bottles of rum (one for him, one for William).

PRINCESSES ON PARADE

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Princess Beatrice and her sister Eugenie continued their two-day of Germany on Friday, their first foray into international diplomacy on behalf of the British government. Above, Prince Andrew's daughters pose as they arrive at Hanover City Hall . Below, they are presented with gifts by Mayor of Hanover, Stephan Weil. The royal sisters are on the second day of a two-day visit to support GREAT, the British government's initiative promoting the UK abroad. (Getty Images)

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Beatrice and Eugenie feed a horse with a heart condition called Ben as they visit the Equine Clinic at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover on Friday. (Getty Images)

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