Royal Visit 2016: What happens to the flowers, gifts given to Will and Kate?
But what happens with all those presents?
“The [gifts] are often given away to the different charities that they’re highlighting through the tour,” said Keith Roy with the Monarchist League of Canada. “So we could see them going to a Girl Guide institution, we could see them going to the Sheway facility that they’re visiting on the Downtown Eastside.”
“Sometimes they’ll go to churches throughout the community but they’re always reused and given away somewhere.”
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“Flowers are an obvious thing to give a member of the Royal Family,” said Roy. “And you’ll see hundreds and hundreds of them through the course of this tour.”
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Observers will notice that the Duke and Duchess don’t hang on to the gifts long, however. They will hand them back to members of staff who are walking through the crowd with them.
But it appears there’s a secret weapon to get the couple’s attention during this tour.
“The best way that I’ve seen to get this particular couple to come over to you is to have a baby,” said Roy. “They’re interested in young Canadians and they’ll ask questions.”
So if you are coming to see the Royals and hope to talk to them, what, other than babies, gets their attention?
“So it goes babies one, something unique, number two, flowers number three. We’re seeing a lot of toys for the kids on this trip that are being handed off,” said Roy.
“Some of them will end up with the children and some of them will end up being given away to charity organizations.”
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