The Duke of Edinburgh was given a baby elephant when visiting Sri Lanka.
(In fact, the Royal family usually receive presents when they go on holidays (sorry – state visits), and some of them are quite ridiculous.
Princess Anne was given a brown Syrian bear by the then Soviet Union.
Prince Andrew was given a newborn Gambian crocodile.
The Queen was given a pair of sloths in Brazil in 1968.
It’s not always animals either.
Prince Andrew was given two bags of basmati rice by the Pakistan High Commission
2008 the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were given two wristbands, two baseball caps, four T-shirts and 18 CDs by the Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica.
When the Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer, she received a pair of 100-year-old silk mittens, a silver-plated mousetrap and, most esoteric of all, a piece of crocheted lace made from yarn spun by Mahatma Gandhi.
Other gifts have included a box of volcanic ash from Montserrat, a yellow metal hatpin from Japan, three bottles of Chilean red win and a blowpipe from the Amazonian basin.
Of course Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, got Bahraini blood diamonds, and as far as I know she didn’t say, “No, I couldn’t possibly.”)