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What the royals give (and get) for Christmas

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. © Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.

What do you gift a king or queen who has everything? Let's take a look at the strange and occasionally hilarious world of Christmas giving in the palaces of the world's royals.

*All images are representational and not the actual item.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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The British royal family are well-known for giving each other humorous gifts.

The Duchess of Cambridge gave her husband Prince William a beanie one Christmas.

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Royal family of Sweden

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It's traditional for the family to receive a royal Christmas tree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Crown Princess Victoria (R) formally accepts the gift, each year, and is now accompanied by her daughter, Princess Estelle.

Diana, Princess of Wales

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The late princess once presented the then Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, a leopard-print bath mat.

Felipe VI of Spain

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The King of Spain received a model train set from the Spanish Ministry of Transport on a Christmas.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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The Duchess clearly has a healthy sense of humor. She once gave her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, a Grow your Own Girlfriend kit.

Princess Anne

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Princess Anne gave her brother, Prince Charles, a white leather toilet seat cover.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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Catherine was a little more restrained for her first gift to the Queen, offering the monarch chutney made from a family recipe.

Queen Elizabeth II

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The Buckingham Palace staff receive a present each year too! The gifts given by the monarch range from silver-plated drinks coasters, a handsome crystal decanter, a silver-plated picture frame, and champagne flutes with a bottle of champagne.

Cub Scout Pack

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When the Princess met the Cub Scouts in 2016, she received a pair of matching teddy bears for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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Diana, Princess of Wales

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In her early years as a royal, she gifted the entire family cashmere sweaters.

Royal family of Norway

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The Fridheim day care center gave the Norwegian royal family a gingerbread house in the shape of the royal palace in 2014.

Royal family of Monaco

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The Monaco royal family hosts a Christmas party every year, with up to 600 local children invited to attend, a tradition that dates back to Grace Kelly's time as Princess.

The royals personally hand out gifts to each child, and each gift is researched in advance to ensure the children receive something they particularly want.

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