Is our gift for Princess Charlotte too simple? 12



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Photo credit: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

Princess Charlotte is celebrating her first birthday and has received so many gifts as well as well wishes from around the world.

When she was born, here’s what the Australian Government gave her — a cot blanket made from Tasmanian merino wool sourced from Launceston’s renowned Waverley Woollen Mills. 

The beautiful blanket, a gift from the Australian Government, is embroidered with the Australian floral emblem, the wattle, by members of the ACT Embroiderers’ Guild. Her present included a donation of AUS$10,000 to the Healesville Sanctuary to support work being done for the Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus).

They say that it’s all about the thought and that the best gifts can’t be bought.

But some people can’t help but to compare some of the gifts that have been offered to Princess Charlotte since her birth from different nations.

One of the most lavish presents Charlotte reportedly received for her birth was this handcrafted white gold rattle set with an astounding 622 gemstones.

Set with blue sapphires, rubies and diamonds, most notably to form the Union Jack, the national flag of the United Kingdom, the rattle is estimated to be worth  $57,000.


UK-based The Natural Sapphire Company claims to have gifted Charlotte with the lavish toy but Kensington Palace were unable to confirm whether it had been received by Prince William and Kate. Apparently, as a general rule, gifts from commercial companies were not accepted.

Besides this gold rattle, here’s a list of gifts presented from world leaders, from New Zealand to Bhutan.

1. A Wellington Rugby snowsuit and sleep suit from New Zealand Rugby.

2. A snowsuit, a book, $100,000 donation to Immunize Canada from the The Prime Minister of Canada.

3. A copy of Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales from the British Prime Minister David Cameron

4. A selection of teddy bears, baby blankets and bootees, all made from Stansborough wool from The Prime Minister of New Zealand.

5. A set of silk figurines, depicting the traditional Chinese story, ‘Dream of the Red Chamber’ from the People’s Republic of China

6. A silver rattle from the President of Mexico and Señora Angélica Rivera.

7. A children’s rocking chair,  baby blanket, a jigsaw and a ‘Bo’ teddy from The President and the First Lady of the USA.

8. A coat by Their Majesty The King and Queen of Bhutan.

Do you think our gift was too simple compared to the other nations? Or is it the thought that really counts?

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  1. Babies, even royal ones, do not need lavish presents, just practical necessities. Donations to charities and environmental causes, in her name, are the best. I approve of all those listed above.

  2. I bet she never got to play with the rattle. Lol. I think the US ones are the best at least they are toys she can play with

  3. I think the blanket for her birth was a great idea. My children had their special blankets and quite possibly Princess Charlotte might make Australia’s blanket her special blanket too.

  4. I am sure her parents were quite impressed with that absolutely lovely blanket and the sizeable donation to Healesville Sanctuary in her name, as they are fervent wildlife lovers and visited there a while back. What on earth would the rattle be used for? Not as a rattle for sure, especially with all the diamonds and other gemstones to tear at the gums or choke her, and the price near enough choked me….$ 57,000!

  5. why do we need to give her apresent it would be better spent on some poor orphan in her name i am sure she has plenty of gifts from family and freinds

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    • Why do we have orphans – there are parents and grand parents and great grandparents let alone aunties and uncles and greats,,, (I understand there are some off the map situations) BUT… where are these people?
      I note that leadership has depth in lineage… where abandonment is a thin line. I think I know that I want my earning invested – where I don’t pay for just the bread but for breath and breadth.

  6. Interesting comments…. remarkable people accept that this child has a solid future – others resent anything afforded to the leadership of a free world at the cost of their personal choice. Yes, some gifts are mementos for the archive gallery, some are usable and treasured personal items, yet others are practical. Isn’t it wonderful that we offer a choice in a free world in giving and receiving – what is wrong with any choice – if given in the token of the respect and honour of the baby or the nation offering the gift – perhaps we should only let mothers (rather than leaders) buy the gifts – would that be more appropriate – is that the debate?

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