Inside Queen’s birthday list including ‘practical trinkets’ – and what she hates

Everyone knows the Queen loves chocolate cake on her birthday – but what about presents?

Records released by Buckingham Palace showed our monarch received 72 official presents in 2019, including a pop-up book from Chinese President Xi Jinping, and a 24-carat gold-plated horse comb.

So, as Her Majesty turns 96, what do you get a woman who has it all?

Biographer Ian Lloyd, author of The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II says what the Queen wants most is practical items. And there’s only one member of staff who has the intel: the royal dressmaker.

Speaking exclusively to OK!, Ian explains: “If the family asks, ‘What does Granny want this year? Angela Kelly can offer practical options that she knows the Queen would be delighted with.”

Despite living in luxurious palaces, the Queen’s wish list isn’t as grand as you might expect.

Ian adds: “The Queen isn’t massively into presents, and the last thing she’d want is another piece of jewellery.”

So, a nice new necklace or brooch is off the list – what else? Well, it seems handmade items are accepted very gratefully.

One Christmas, Kate Middleton went the extra mile to make the Queen her family recipe marrow chutney – it went down a treat. The next day, Kate noticed the chutney was on the dinner table.

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In a documentary made in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday, Kate recalled: “I thought, ‘I’ll make her something’, which could’ve gone horribly wrong.

“But I decided to make my granny’s recipe of chutney. It just shows her thoughtfulness and her care in looking after everybody, because she put it on the table.”

One thing Her Majesty may be missing is her late sister Princess Margaret’s useful trinkets. On special occasions the sisters would exchange practical presents with a personal touch, such as lipstick.

“Margaret knew exactly what shade her sister would wear,” says Ian. “They’d go out and buy those little treats that no one else would consider buying.”

From corgi dogs to casserole dishes, the Queen has been gifted everything she ever wanted (and perhaps some things she hasn’t, but she’ll never share that!), but she lives a modest lifestyle and has no desire for luxuries.

“You’ve probably seen photographs of the Queen at Windsor with a two-bar electric fire by her feet,” says Ian. “She might be surrounded by 18th century vases and so on, but she doesn’t want any more.”

What she may approve of, though, is the Jubilee Tree Planting Scheme – “or even a whip around to donate to a Commonwealth charity, she’d love that,” Ian adds.

But whatever you do, Royals, don’t buy the Queen a bouquet!

Ian explains: “It’s tricky when you get to your nineties, but the Queen would think flowers are a bloody waste!”

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