September 26, 2016 11:07 am
Updated: September 26, 2016 4:37 pm

Royal Visit 2016: What happens to the flowers, gifts given to Will and Kate?

WATCH: It happens on every royal visit - fans shower the family with flowers, teddy bears and other gifts. But what happens with all those presents? Squire Barnes now with more on where those items end up.


On every Royal Visit, fans shower the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with flowers, teddy bears and other gifts.

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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There have only been two days of the official Royal Visit to B.C., but already Prince William and Kate Middleton have received hundreds of bouquets and gifts from fans.

“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.”

Britain’s Prince William, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold teddy bears they received during a tour of Sheway, a center that provides support for native women, during a visit to Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016.

(Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge receive flowers from a little girl at the Immigration Services Society in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Sept 25, 2016.


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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.

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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.”

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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.”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (6013083ao) Royal fans The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Canada - 25 Sep 2016

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