Baby llama among Jubilee gifts

The Queen received armfuls of Diamond Jubilee gifts from well-wishers during 2012 - even a baby llama and infant elephant.

Presidents, prime ministers, businesses and royal fans all marked the milestone by presenting tokens of their affection last year.

Gifts ranged from expensive diamond jewellery and bottles of whisky and champagne to artwork and even quirky momentos such as a Jubilee themed dog's bed based on a crown.

But the most unusual Jubilee gift was from the unknown well-wishers who gave the Queen honorary ownership of a baby llama and adoption of a baby Asian elephant.

The monarch has received many live animals during her 60-year reign including several horses, most notably Burmese from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police which was ridden by the Queen for more than 15 years during Trooping the Colour.

More exotic presents have been looked after by London Zoo, including jaguars and sloths from Brazil, two black beavers from Canada and a pair of young giant turtles from the Seychelles.

US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were among a host of leading foreign figures to mark the Queen's 60-year reign - giving the monarch a 1950s Tiffany & Co silver compact.

Singapore president Tony Tan's present was a gold and diamond brooch depicting a bird of paradise, while Sali Berisha, prime minister of Albania, gave a framed silverwork waistcoat.

Among the unsolicited Diamond Jubilee gifts, thought to be mostly from members of the public, were 436 books, 235 CDs and DVDs, 81 pieces of embroidery or knitting, 78 portraits of the Queen, 40 digital photograph books, 28 wall hangings or bunting, 19 tea towels and nine jigsaws.

Details about the official presents given to the Queen and other members of the Royal Family last year were released by Buckingham Palace.