Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

Princess Charlotte showered with birthday gifts from around the world

A blanket made from Tasmanian merino wool, hand-knitted bootees, and a book of fairy tales were just some of the presents sent to Princess Charlotte by well-wishers across the world on her first birthday.

The princess was born on May 2 2015 and gifts and letters have been received from 64 countries around the world to mark her birthday.

She has only been seen in a handful of pictures since being born, such as events to mark the six months after her birth, her first Christmas and most recently in a group picture with the Queen's other great-grandchildren and youngest grandchildren to mark the monarch's 90th birthday.

Kensington Palace revealed that Charlotte's uncle, Prince Harry, brought her a New Zealand Rugby sleepsuit and a Wellington Rugby snowsuit back from his tour of New Zealand.

Meanwhile David Cameron gave the princess a copy of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales.

The Australian government sent a cot blanket made from Tasmanian merino wool and embroidered with the country's floral emblem.

And Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, sent the one-year-old a snowsuit and a book, as well as making a 100,000 dollar (£54,000) donation to Immunize Canada on her behalf.

A spokeswoman for Kensington Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are incredibly grateful for all the letters, gifts and good wishes they have been fortunate to receive in the year since Princess Charlotte was born.

"Princess Charlotte has received gifts and letters from schools, community groups and well-wishers across the world, including blankets, clothes, cards, books, toys and hand-knitted bootees.

"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 organisations which could make good use of them."

To mark her first birthday four new images of Charlotte taken by the Duchess of Cambridge at their home in Anmer Hall, Norfolk were released.

The photos show a happy young toddler - and one whose resemblance to her older brother, Prince George, is startling.

One of the new photos shows Charlotte in a pink cardigan with a white collar, worn over a soft pink floral dress - a pink clip in her hair - pushing a colourful baby walker full of alphabet blocks on the lawn outside, a determined look on her face.

In another, dressed in the same outfit, she sits on the floor at home gazing at the camera with big blue eyes similar to those of George.

A third photograph portrays her leaning on a wooden chair, this time wearing a cream cardigan over a blue dress with a blue ribbon clip in her hair.

And a final photograph shows Charlotte's startling resemblance to George as she clambers on a wicker chair, playfully glancing back towards the camera.

A spokeswoman for William and Catherine said: "The Duke and Duchess are very happy to be able to share these important family moments and hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do."

The princess was named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana in tribute to her grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales and her great-grandmother the Queen.


From Belfast Telegraph