Princess Charlotte will reportedly be showered with a lavish gift on the occasion of her first birthday Monday. She was gifted an 18-carat white gold rattle studded with diamonds, rubies and sapphires made by the Natural Sapphire Company. The rattle costs a whopping 30,000 pounds ($44,000).
Kensington Palace released a list of presents that Charlotte has received over the past year. Some gifts are extravagant like a silver rattle that the little royal received from the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and his wife, Señora Angélica Rivera, during their State visit to the U.K. last year. Xi Jinping, the president of China, presented Charlotte a set of silk figurines, depicting the “Dream of the Red Chamber,” a Chinese classic novel from the 19th century, during his State visit in October.
The little princess also got a pink silk frock sent by the president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin with the words “From Israel With Love” embroidered across it. But, Charlotte is unlikely to wear the frock due to political sensitivities that also prevent members of the royal family traveling there. She received a jigsaw puzzle and a soft toy replica of the Portuguese Water Dog, Bo, by U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle during their visit to Kensington Place on April 21.
A year ago her big brother Prince George, received an identical toy from the Obamas and also a children’s rocking chair and a baby blanket when she was born. Charlotte received gifts and letters from 64 countries around the world, from Armenia to Zambia.
Meanwhile, British prime minister David Cameron gave her a copy of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales when she was born. Schools, community groups and royal fans have sent Charlotte blankets, clothes, books, toys and lots of hand-knitted clothes, including a large supply of booties. Former prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, gave the little royal a snowsuit and a book and made a 54,000 pounds ($79,182.90) donation to Immunize Canada, which aims to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases in the country.
Charlotte received another snowsuit from the Wellington Rugby team via Prince Harry when he toured New Zealand in 2015. She also got a New Zealand Rugby sleepsuit, while the country’s prime minister, John Key, sent a selection of teddy bears, baby blankets and booties made from Stansborough wool.
The Australian government sent her a cot blanket made of merino wool sourced from the Waverley Woollen Mills in Launceston, embroidered with the Australian floral emblem, the wattle, by members of the ACT Embroiderers’ Guild. The government also contributed 5,200 pounds ($7,625) to the Healesville Sanctuary, part of Zoos Victoria, to support its conservation work for the mountain pygmy-possum.
The King Jigme and Queen Jetsun of Bhutan gifted coats to the tot’s parents Prince William and Kate Middleton during their official visit to Bhutan in April. A very practical gift was a set of biodegradable nappies given her aunt Pippa Middleton, made of natural mull cloth that cost 4 pounds each ($6). Besides, Kate told in a recent interview that George and Charlotte’s "Gan-Gan" “always leaves a little gift or something” for them whenever they stay at one of her residences.
A spokeswoman for Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were “incredibly grateful.” “The couple have taken a number of gifts into their home, some gifts are stored within the Royal Household, and some gifts were donated to organizations which could make good use of them,” the spokeswoman added.