When you’re as internationally loved as Prince George and Princess Charlotte, it’s no wonder that you get sent thousands – yes, thousands! – of Christmas and birthday presents ever year.
Members of the public, other royal families and foreign dignitaries are known to send the young royals lavish gifts at this time of year, but the Duke and Duchess are said to donate most of these to charity.
Speaking to Us Weekly, a family friend claimed that William and Kate are ‘extremely careful’ about spoiling their children too much, and only kept a few of the gifts that have been sent. Over-indulging their children would be “their worst nightmare”.
“Receiving that many gifts wouldn’t have a good effect on the kids”
A Kensington Palace spokesperson confirmed that some presents are given to charity.
“Some items will be taken into the home and others stored within the Royal Household.
“On occasion, and where appropriate, items may be donated to organisations who can make good use of them.
“Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful for the warmth and generosity that has been extended to their children from members of the public.”
So just what will George and Charlotte be getting for Christmas? The Us Weekly insider revealed some of the toys the young royals might be expecting.
“While they will get some toys, a doll house is “a strong contender” for Charlotte,” they said, while George “is obsessed with anything on wheels, BMX bikes, skateboards and toy cars.”
Could 4-year-old George receive the police car he’s been longing for? Last month, Prince George sent his Christmas present list to Father Christmas during a trip to Helsinki with his dad. While many youngsters would have a list a mile-long, George had only one thing in mind – a police car!
While visiting Finland’s capital city, William and George went to meet Father Christmas with a hand-written Christmas list from George himself.
“He hasn’t written down many requests, so I think one request is probably OK,” Prince William said.
‘Dear Father Christmas, this year I have been naughty/nice,’ the form read, with George circling ‘nice’.
Below were five spaces for George to write his Christmas wish list, but the young royal simply requested a ‘police car’ and signed his name at the bottom.
Will Father Christmas be able to fit one in his sleigh this year? We certainly hope so for George’s sake!