Where did you get that hat? Royals list gifts.
Every royal who has ever visited Calgary has left with a big, white, stetson hat. I'm sure there are many cities that have their own trademark hats and proudly present them to the elite passing through. However the whirling dervish hat presented to Charles in Turkey must be one of the most unique. It's too bad he has been told never to actually wear the hats because they make him "look silly". This one would be hysterically funny on him.
It's fascinating to see the list of gifts received by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during their 2007 travels abroad. It includes fabulous jewelry, perfumes, watches, a pistol, an Arabian stallion and other miscellaneous but unique and expensive items, mostly from middle-east potentates. In contrast, their American tour netted them a lot of baseball caps, chutney, honey and other home-grown products. A U.S. walkabout resulted in three poems, a photocopy of a photograph and a civic flag, all of which I find to be quite touching.
[/q]url="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3134252.ece"]The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall returned from a series of overseas vists last year weighed down with expensive and sometimes impractical gifts, ranging from an Arab stallion to a pistol, Clarence House reveals today.
Taking the biscuit for most unwanted gift is likely to be a whirling dervish hat given to the Prince when he saw a display of the trance- inducing dance during a recent visit to Turkey.
The Prince has been a frequent recipient of funny hats when abroad, and has been advised not to wear them in front of photographers as they tend to make him look silly.
In the current climate of openness, whereby the households of the Queen and the Prince publish detailed annual accounts, the Prince’s office has listed all the official gifts received by the couple during 2007.
According to the rules, official gifts may be worn or used, but are not considered personal property, cannot be sold or exchanged and must eventually go into the Royal Collection, which is held in trust by the Queen for her successors and the nation.