It appears Barack Obama has a soft spot for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, Prince George.
While the U.S. President did not attend the young prince’s star-studded birthday bash at Kensington Palace on July 22, E! News reports that Obama reportedly sent the future king of England a one-of-a-kind gift following his birth last summer.
“The U.S. President sent Prince William and Kate Middleton a custom-made rocking horse for their adorable little boy,” E! News reported Friday.
The toy horse, complete with a saddle and toy polo mallet (Perhaps an ode to his father, Prince William’s love for the sport) was made from a branch of an oak tree formerly of White House’s South Lawn.
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ABC News reports that Obama, 52, and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, 50, also gifted the young prince with a blue alpaca wool baby blanket following his arrival at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London.
Unfortunately for Prince George, the items are now on display in the state Rooms of Buckingham Palace as one of the 150 historical items included in its new summer exhibition, “Royal Childhood.” The collection, which focuses on the childhoods of 25 British royal family members over a 250-year period, also features never-before-seen photos and videos, toys and other artifacts.
“Royal Childhood” is open now through Sep. 28.
On Tuesday, Britain’s royal family celebrated Prince George’s first birthday inside the walls of Kensington Palace. People magazine reports that guests of nobility included Prince George’s uncle, Prince Harry, Zara and Mike Phillips, and a brief, 50-minute visit from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince George’s grandparents on Prince William’s side, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, did not attend the celebration due to previous work-related obligations in Scotland.