It must be hard to get excited about wedding gifts when you’re marrying one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. I mean, how can an antique gravy boat compare to becoming the wife of a British prince?
Of course, it must be more difficult to be the one buying a gift for a Royal Wedding. What does one buy somebody who seems to have it all?
Sure, everybody loves a photo frame, but when the walls in the couple-to-be’s house (or, in this case, palace) are adorned with ornate oil paintings of Royal Family members from years gone by, a simple silver frame suddenly doesn’t feel like enough.
When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, they attempted to avoid the awkwardness of having their guests splurge on expensive and unnecessary gifts by requesting that they donate to charity instead. According to St. Jame’s Palace, the charitable couple managed to raise £1 million which was split between 26 different causes.
Of course, not all of the guests in attendance were happy to donate to charity. Instead, they wanted to give the newlyweds something meaningful and unique.
For example, Kate’s brother gifted the future king and queen a cocker spaniel puppy. The puppy, which they named Lupo, has since become a regular feature in official photographs taken of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s firstborn son, Prince George.
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II was very generous in her gift to the future king and queen. Rather than lavish them with fine china and silver cutlery, the queen gifted them Anmer Hall, a sprawling mansion house near the royal Sandringham estate in Norfolk.