Queen’s “cruel” rule means she can take away great-grandchildren’s gifts whenever she wants

The royal family has a seven-page handbook on gifts, detailing when to accept them, when to refuse or return them, and how they are recorded. This means the Queen can take gifts to Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte if she so chooses

Prince Louis, Charlotte and George are the Queen's great-grandchildren
Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George are the Queen’s great-grandchildren

The royal family has a cruel rule that means Her Majesty can take away gifts given to her grandchildren.

The palace has a vast manual of strict rules that royals must follow at all times – including some that seem particularly harsh to Prince George and Louis, as well as Princess Charlotte.

They also have a seven-page gift log manual – detailing whether they can be accepted, when they must be returned or declined, and how they are recorded. MyLondon reports.

Any gifts given to royals from outside do not belong to the recipient until one day they ascend the throne.

For example, a teddy bear given to Prince George will not be his until he becomes king.

Thankfully, the kids can keep gifts from their parents and other royals. So Prince Louis’ Christmas and birthday presents from William and Kate are safe.

When royals visit on behalf of the Queen, gifts received belong to Her Majesty


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The Royal Family’s own rules state: “Gifts are defined as official when received during an official engagement or duty, or in connection with the official role or duty of a member of the Royal Family.”

These include so-called “walkabouts” among members of the public, as well as official visits within the UK and abroad.

But anything as small as a ribbon received as an “official gift” is the Queen’s private property, regardless of who received it.

The guidelines state: “Official gifts are not the private property of the member of the royal family who receives them, but are instead received in an official capacity on official duties in support of and on behalf of the Queen.”

The gifts do not belong to the royals until they ascend the throne


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The children can keep gifts given to them by other royals


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In other words, the Queen is responsible for everything members of the royal family receive on official visits, as they are acting on Her Majesty’s behalf.

However, since they are not owned by the member in question, they are not subject to taxation as long as the family rules are respected.

You thought your parents were strict about gifts? think again Even after the gift has been given, there are strict procedures for handling them after engagement.

All gifts must be registered on an official “gift received form” – remember to write thank you letters to all your relatives for every single item you have ever received from them.

Although I doubt it is the family themselves who are filling out the forms on this occasion.

Prince George plays with toys during a royal visit to New Zealand in 2014


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If a gift is not used or consumed by the royal family, it may be placed in storage or used for charity.

The rules make it clear that “no offense” should be given to the donor and waste should be avoided whenever possible.

So the next time you receive a giveaway or gift you weren’t expecting, be thankful you can take it home with you without the paperwork.

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