And despite her toy box already being full of gifts from other royals, presidents and prime ministers around the world, Monday 2nd May was another reason for the little Princess to be lavished with a whole host of new special gifts.
An official list of the gifts Princess Charlotte received to mark her first birthday was released by Kensington Palace. There wasn’t a note of what the Middletons bought their granddaughter, but there was a rather impressive list of presents from elsewhere.
Picture: The Natural Sapphire Company
Princess Charlotte’s new rattle, that’s worth £30,000
From Mexico to China, countries across the world sent beautiful things for Princess Charlotte to mark her first year, despite her mum and dad wanting her to have as normal upbringing as possible.
Among the trinkets was a silver rattle given to her by President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and his wife, Señora Angélica Rivera during a state visit to the UK last year.
As one can never have too many rattles Princess Charlotte was sent another this week. The Natural Sapphire Company gifted the little girl a rattle worth £30,000, which was made from 18k white gold and studded with diamonds, rubies and sapphires – naturally.
Princess Charlotte’s gifts
|Silver rattle||President of Mexico||White gold rattle||The Natural Sapphire Company|
|Willow woven rattle||Ciaran Hogan, basketmaker||Jigsaw and cuddly toy||The Obamas|
|Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales||David Cameron||Snowsuit, book and £45,000 in charity donations||Former Canadian Prime Minister|
|Merino wool blanket and £5,200 in charity donations||Australian government||Bootees made from Stansborough wool||Prime Minister of New Zealad|
|Bhutanese coat||King and Queen of Bhutan||Biodegradable nappies||Pippa Middleton|
|Pink dress||President of Israel||Sleep suit||New Zealand rugby|
Somewhat lower key the princess received a third rattle via her grandfather the Prince of Wales. This time it was a simple woven willow one, that was gifted to the family by Co Galway basket maker Ciaran Hogan.
Princess Charlotte was given toys, books and clothes for her first birthday
The president of China, Xi Jinping, didn’t forget to mark the little one’s birthday. He brought a set of silk figurines depicting the Dream of the Red Chamber, which is a classic Chinese story.
Back when Prince George met the Obamas there was no sign of his little sister (as we assume she was sleeping sweetly!), but that didn’t mean she was forgotten. Barack and Michelle Obama left a jigsaw and cuddly toy of their pet Portuguese Water Dog, Bo.
The Obamas’ dog, Bo
In total, Princess Charlotte has totted up gifts and well-wishes from 64 countries across the world – from Armenia to Zambia.
And it wasn’t just heads of states and big political players who remembered the Princess’ birthday. Charlotte also received gifts from schools, community groups and royalists which included baby blankets, clothes and plenty of bootees.