Royal gifts for the #RoyalBaby
MANILA, Philippines - Although the royal baby has been taking his or her sweet time to arrive, the world persists with grand preparations and astounding gift-sending.
Here are just some of the tokens and celebrations prepared in the royal baby's name:
1. Eco-friendly blanket and hamper
HeatWorld.com reports that People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a “gorgeous faux-sheepskin blanket and a vegan hamper” to Prince William and his wife Kate, with the hope of stirring a sense of patriotism for cruelty-free items.
2. White gold bracelet
Theo Fennell, a British jeweler, was commissioned by cream company Sudocrem to create a US$15,000 bracelet as a gift fit for the Duchess of Cambridge. This 18-karat white gold bracelet doubles as holder for a diaper rash cream, according to Yahoo News.
3. Organic baby food
Rhug Estate sent a crate of organic baby food produced by Plum Organics, the leading supplier of organic food in the United Kingdom. The package was said to have been received by Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
4. Silver coins
British coinage manufacturer The Royal Mint will give away 2,013 pieces of solid silver “good luck” coins to the parents of babies who are born on the same day as the royal baby.
Today.com reports that another giveaway is waiting to be distributed at Heathrow Airport, with around 1,000 gift boxes to be given to arriving and departing passengers. The package contains tea from Twining’s, shortbread biscuits from Walkers and a t-shirt with the phrase, “Celebrating a very special new arrival."
Even the national cupcake chain, Sprinkles, joined in the royal celebration with its special "Royal Cupcakes." These cupcakes are chocolate and vanilla delicacies which contain filling in the color pink or blue, depending on your guess of the baby's gender.
6. Tea party
In Florida, USA, the British owners of Haile Village Bistro held a baby shower-themed tea party. Regular Anglophile customers of the bistro brought gifts and dressed to impress. The gifts were reportedly “donated to a charity helping single mothers."
7. Stuffed toy
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard decided to gift the royal baby with a kangaroo stuffed toy that she knitted herself. This, however, sparked controversy with Sydney's Daily Telegraph calling it her “last-stitch bid to woo voters.”
8. Baby kit
The Finnish government gifted the royal couple with a traditional maternity kit inside a cardboard box that doubles as a crib.
9. Lit-up buildings and landmarks
Advocacy group Monarchy New Zealand plans to light up 20 national buildings once the royal heir is born. They will use pink or blue lights to illuminate Auckland’s Sky Tower, Gisborne’s Town Clock, Christchurch Airport, Oamuaru Opera House and other landmarks in honor of the royal birth.
Canada also plans to put on a light show to welcome England’s new heir. The same pink and blue hues are currently seen on both the CN Tower and Niagara Falls to keep people guessing the gender of Prince William and Kate’s baby.
What royal gift would YOU give the #RoyalBaby? Let us know by leaving your comment below. - With reports from Mai Arcano/Rappler.com
Retro design elements for royal baby image from Shutterstock
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