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The unusual gift Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave the Queen

Well, she is a fan of horses after all.

By Alex Lilly
If you're lucky to ever have an audience with the Queen, you'd better bring a present. And that's just what Prime Minister Scott Morrison did when he popped by Buckingham Palace with his wife Jenny.
But what do you get a 93-year-old monarch who literally has everything?
Mr Morrison, who was re-elected as PM last month, is currently in London ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day where he is due to meet UK Prime Minister Theresa May, US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
But before the event on Wednesday, Mr Morrison and his wife Jenny gifted Her Majesty with a copy of the official biography of champion racehorse Winx signed by author Andrew Rule as well as the horse's owners. And to top it all off, it was neatly placed in a tartan gift bag; how very British!
According to the ABC, Mr Morrison bowed several times before shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth and Mrs Morrison greeted the monarch with a traditional curtsy.
And in a nice tartan bag too! (Image: Instagram @theroyalfamily)
Mr Morrison isn't the only world leader who wanted to recognise the Queen's love of horses.
US President Donald Trump, who is currently on a whirlwind state visit to the UK with First Lady Melania Trump, reportedly wanted to gift the Queen with a racehorse and according to The Sun, instructed aides to scour Kentucky stud farms to find a thoroughbred.
But the plan was axed when Trump's senior aides warned that the gesture would be seen as "too flashy" and "a bit over the top". Plus the idea of transporting a horse across the Atlantic Ocean could have caused some issues too.
President Trump reportedly wanted to gift the Queen with a racehorse. (Image: Getty Images)
It's no secret that the Queen loves horses and riding so the prime minister's gift is rather appropriate.
Queen Elizabeth undertook her first riding lesson when she was just three-years-old and was given her first pony, a Shetland mare, by her grandfather King George V when she turned four.
And it's clearly in the royal blood. Princess Anne was the first royal to participate in the Olympic Games and was a member of the British team, riding the Queen's horse, Goodwill at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Then 36 years later in 2012, Anne's daughter Zara Tindall followed in her mother and grandmother's footsteps. As a member of the Great Britain Eventing Team, Zara represented the UK and won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

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