Monday 26 September 2016

Five of the most outlandish gifts Prince George has received

Sasha Brady

Published 22/07/2016 | 11:11

Prince George (Duchess of Cambridge/PA)
Prince George (Duchess of Cambridge/PA)

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As the third in line to the throne, the son of William and Kate enjoys a privileged existence. While his parents do their best to keep their children grounded, he's still a member of the British royal family and there's no doubt the toddler will no doubt be lavished with plenty of expensive gifts as he turns three today.

25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.
25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.

Here are five of the most outlandish gifts and privileges little George has been treated to so far.

£18,000 cottage on wheels for his second birthday

Forget calling to Buckingham Palace for tea, we want an invite to George's luxury Victorian-style outhouse. The cottage is situated at the edge of William's wildflower meadow at Highgrove and features a wood-burning stove and day bed. It was a gift from a company called Plankbridge, which was set up with the help of The Prince's Trust charity.

Bombardier Challenger aircraft birthday message

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This was probably the most expensive birthday card ever. Hangar8 Aviation, an aviation company in London, sent one of its aircraft to wish Prince George a happy first birthday. The private jet, a Bombardier Challenger, was repainted white and covered from its tip to its tail with ‘Happy Birthday Prince George’. It was valued at £30,000.

George the royal crocodile

 

The chief minister of Australia's Northern Territory presented George with a baby crocodile for his first birthday. The tiny reptile hatched from its egg the day that Kate publicly announced she was pregnant with George. The gift was in keeping with tradition. William and his wife Kate were presented with a pair of crocodiles by Darwin, the territory's capital, to mark their engagement. George's little crocodile even has its own Facebook page.

Lapis lazuli orb from Pope Francis

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When the Pope met the Queen in 2014, he presented her with a lapiz lazuli orb for her great-grandson. It's decorated with a silver cross of Edward the Confessor and features an inscription on the base "Pope Francis, to His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge". A priceless gift but not the most child-friendly. Upon receiving the gift the Queen joked: "He will be thrilled with that - when he is a little older!"

Exemption from the Freedom of Information act

Technically this isn't a gift but still a privilege worth mentioning. Like the rest of the royal family (and unlike the rest of British society) George is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. The act was introduced by Tony Blair in 2000 to create public right access to information held by public authorities. He can also veto BBC programmes too.

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