Knowing that Princess Charlotte will receive fancy store-bought gifts this Christmas, members of her security team went out of their ways to buy the 19-month-old a unique present. The Mirror reports that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s only daughter received a personalized print which contains unique details about her birth. The print was created by Lucy Tapper.
She said that the purple print, which amounted to £55 (around $70), has Princess Charlotte’s full name on it – Charlotte Elizabeth Diana – as well as her date and time of birth, her weight, her birth stone, and finally her star sign.
“We received an order from the security team at Kensington Palace for a Day You Were Born print as a gift for Princess Charlotte. We sent the print, along with a card and we received a letter of thanks from the office of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”
According to Tapper, Prince George received the same thing two years ago. She thought the order was commissioned by a royal fan but later realized that it was the Palace that placed the order. Charlotte’s security team members reportedly chipped in to buy the gift – an act that speaks for the team’s genuine concern for her.
When she turned 1, she reportedly received presents from 64 countries. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama gave her a stuffed animal replica of the family’s Portuguese water dog as well as a jigsaw puzzle. Canada’s prime minister, on the other hand, gave her not only a snowsuit and a book, but also a $79,200 donation to Immunize Canada.
In a statement, the Kensington Palace expressed that the “Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are incredibly grateful for all the letters, gifts and good wishes they have been fortunate to receive in the year since Princess Charlotte was born.”
Surely William and Kate appreciated the gesture of Charlotte’s security team. It isn’t a secret that the delighted parents are trying their best to provide George and Charlotte a normal childhood despite the prying eyes that surround them.
When Charlotte was born, authorities sent out letters reminding press people near the family’s home about privacy. The letters asked the media to refrain from using high-grade long-distance lenses to capture photos of the family members without their knowledge.
The family of four loves their 10-bedroom Norfolk abode which was a gift from Queen Elizabeth. Vanity Fair previously revealed that William appreciated his grandmother’s thoughtful present.
“It’s no secret that William doesn’t like the media intrusion into his life and in the country he can escape. The Queen and the Prince of Wales have given their blessing for William to live this life, and William is very grateful. It’s enabling him and Kate to raise their family in a way that’s as close to ordinary as they can get.”
George, who reportedly has a fascination for the local toy shop, will welcome his first Christmas as an older brother. It will be interesting to see the activities lined up for him and Charlotte. It won’t be surprising that the two will receive an array of presents. Their mother recently revealed that the Queen loves to shower her great grandchildren with little gifts whenever they visit her.
After this month’s festivities, Charlotte will be a flower girl at Pippa Middleton’s wedding to hedge fund manager James Matthews on May 2017. The nuptials will take place at the St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire. George, of course, has another important role chalked out for him – a page boy. As opposed to previous reports, Kate won’t be a bridesmaid at her sister’s big day.
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