The arrival of the baby Jesus back in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago saw the Three Wise Men travel from afar to bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. With the baby Prince George, Britain’s own Three Wise Men (otherwise known as the leaders of the main political parties) got involved with the gift giving.
Prime Minister David Cameron sent a selection of books by children’s author Roald Dahl, renowned for classic tales such as Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. His coalition partner, Nick Clegg, ordered a pack of their favourite coffee saying that “as parents of little boys, you know you need…coffee!” For good measure, he also bought an embroidered cot blanket made by Spanish nuns. Not to be outdone, the leader of the opposition party, Ed Miliband opted for a more traditional gift, a three-year-old apple tree.
There have been some truly bizarre gifts bestowed upon His Royal Highness Prince George. Here is the Oxford Scholastica Academy’s compilation of the top five weirdest gifts!
- A baby crocodile from Australia’s Northern Territory. Fortunately for the safety of George, the croc is not getting shipped to Kensington Palace, but the Prince is encouraged to come and visit when he’s old enough
- A seat in Cambridge pub permanently reserved for the new Royal. A little early to start on the drink maybe?
- A bilby (a cute but endangered species) enclosure from the Aussies in Sydney’s Taronga Zoo
- Mukluks (traditional native American shoes) from Canada’s First Nations Chief Atleo to symbolise the historic ties between the Aboriginal peoples of Canada and the Crown. It can get cold in the Royal homes in Scotland, so these may come in handy (or more rather, feety!)
- A lullaby composed solely for the baby and recorded by New Zealand’s soprano Hayley Westenra. Ok, so this isn’t as weird as the others, but can you name me many other babies that have had a tune composed to commemorate their birth?!
If you know of any other strange gifts please let us know!
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