London • Crystal vases, brooches, books: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II received dozens of traditional gifts last year, but she also got some unusual items, from a chocolate Windsor Castle to some enameled beetles.
Buckingham Palace on Wednesday released a list of official gifts the monarch and other members of Britain's royal family received in 2013 from foreign dignitaries, companies and charities. Many were predictable china plates, paperweights, framed pictures but some were more surprising.
The High Commissioner for Bangladesh gave the queen four enameled Scarab beetles, and Sri Lanka's president chose a portrait of the monarch burned onto a tree trunk. The maker of Mars Bars gave her a chocolate version of Windsor Castle and a chocolate carriage after she visited the company's U.K. headquarters.