The 5 Toys the Royal Family Has Forbidden Their Children From Playing With
If you could assume one thing about Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and now Prince Louis, it’s that the kids of Prince William and Kate Middleton are royally spoiled. But not so fast.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seem to take a measured approach to parenting — and not just because the royal family has a strange set of parenting rules. In fact, they also make their own rules. And there are a few banned toys that they’ve decided their children can’t have.
Curious about which banned toys George, Charlotte, and Louis can’t have? We have the inside scoop (No. 5). First, let’s take a closer look at the toys the youngest members of the royal family love, including a controversial choice.
15. Prince George loves Legos
Life in the royal family comes with plenty of luxuries. But royal children like the simplest things in life. Case in point? The third in line to the throne loves a plastic toy that you could find in many American households. Prince William said that his son is “very into Lego.” As Today reports, the Duke of Cambridge revealed that information while admiring a McLaren 720S sports car made entirely out of the plastic bricks. It took 280,000 bricks to create the model — likely a lot more than Prince George has in his playroom at home!
Next: The royal family also bought George this building toy.
14. He also has wooden building blocks
Before he got into Legos, Prince George was building with wooden blocks. The Daily Post reports that Kate bought him a set of sustainably-made Haba building blocks. The choice seemed to square with the other things we know about the kinds of toys that William and Kate buy for their family. They seem to favor old-school toys, the kind that requires children to use their imaginations, to stay active, or even to play outdoors.
Next: George received this traditional gift as a baby.
13. William and Kate received a rocking horse after George’s birth
Speaking of traditional toys, Prince George received the ultimate old-school plaything shortly after his birth. Forbes reports that the royal family received a very beautiful (and expensive) gift for the young heir: a traditional rocking horse hand-carved at Wilson Rocking Horses. Queen Elizabeth II owns five similarly traditional rocking horses, but the gift came from someone else: Michelle and Barack Obama. “Wilson’s safety glider horse was on display at Buckingham Palace for several months, and is now in the royal nursery,” Forbes reported.
Next: Charlotte has this old-fashioned toy.
12. Princess Charlotte has a traditional wooden baby walker
It’s not just Prince George who has received old-school toys. Princess Charlotte has some beautiful toys, too! Kate herself took some photos to release for Charlotte’s first birthday. In one, Princess Charlotte was seen with a push toy full of alphabet blocks. People identified the traditional plaything as The Toy Centre’s Pintoy wooden baby walker. And a spokesperson told the publication, “The royal children are often seen with traditional wooden toys as found at The Toy Centre, I think it shows how the family value the quality and beauty of traditional wooden toys.”
Next: Another photo showed George with this toy.
11. Prince George has a wooden train
Another photograph released by William and Kate revealed one of the toys that Prince George seems to favor: a vintage-inspired pull-along steam train. People reports that the hand-crafted piece came from Orange Tree Toys, and notes that the line is stocked at Trotters, a boutique where Kate occasionally shops for her children. The wooden toy featured wheels and a white cord to pull it along. Plus, its design replicated a traditional Victorian steam train, perfect for the train-traveling royal family.
Next: George reportedly loves anything in this category of toys.
10. Prince George loves ‘anything on wheels’
Prince George’s train toy also seems a particularly fitting plaything given the young prince’s interests. A source told Us Weekly that Prince George loves “anything on wheels.” Most of us know a little boy — or a little girl — with a similar love for cars, trucks, or even bicycles. And as you’ll see on the next page, George has already taken to peddling around the grounds of Anmer Hall on his bike.
Next: George also loves this toy, which has wheels.
9. George loves his bicycle
Us Weekly also learned that Prince George spends hours riding his bicycle. And he usually enlists his dad to go along for a ride. The publication learned that George and William “strap on helmets and ride bikes around their 10-bedroom Georgian mansion in the sleepy Norfolk village of Anmer.” On those bike rides, Prince George reportedly asks his dad lots of questions about everything around him, perhaps displaying the curiosity nurtured by his Montessori preschool.
Next: The royal family says George also loves toys related to this.
8. Prince George loves all things police-related
While William and Kate’s eldest seems to love anything with wheels, he also has some specific interests. In November 2017, Prince George wrote a letter to Santa Claus requesting a police car for Christmas. The Nottinghamshire Police granted the prince’s wish with a toy Land Rover decked out as a police vehicle. And as Vanity Fair reported in March of 2018, George’s obsession with the police hadn’t faded. Prince William said that George “is obsessed, actually, by the police . . . cars, toys, everything.” Controversially, he was even spotted playing with a toy gun and handcuffs.
Next: Charlotte has this adorable obsession.
7. Princess Charlotte loves Disney princesses
As for Princess Charlotte? News of her favorite toys is bound to elicit a few smiles. Us Weekly reported that Princess Charlotte loves Disney princesses and seems “happily unaware that she holds that title herself.” In fact, “anything Disney princess” has become her toy of choice at home, where she spends lots of time with her mother. A family friend told the publication of Charlotte’s adorable obsession, “I don’t think it’s quite dawned on her that she’s a princess herself.”
Next: The royal family has also gotten Charlotte more traditional toys.
6. Princess Charlotte also loves wooden toy sets
Us Weekly learned that when she isn’t playing with Disney princess toys, Charlotte plays with sets of wooden toys at the family’s home. “She logs a lot of hours inside the 18th-century spread’s recently renovated kitchen,” the publication reports. And a family friend told the publication, “Whenever the housekeeper or Kate are preparing food, Charlotte needs her own toy set by her side to imitate.” She reportedly favors wooden toys from U.K. shop JoJo Maman Bébé — maybe the macaron or cupcake set, or perhaps some wooden pots and pans or an entire play kitchen.
Next: Check out the banned toys that the royal family won’t allow.
5. But William and Kate have banned iPads
Us Weekly learned that one of the few banned toys in the royal household is something that only William and Kate get to play with: an iPad. A source told the publication, “They’re very much seen as Mummy and Daddy’s toys, not for children.” Unlike many parents who hand their child an iPad to keep them occupied, William and Kate would prefer to limit their kids’ screen time. “As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play and encouraging an active imagination,” a source told Us Weekly.
Next: This also makes the list of banned toys.
4. They don’t play video games
That’s Life reports that in addition to iPads, George and Charlotte aren’t allowed to play with “electronic games.” In fact, Kate, at least, seems to stand pretty strongly against playing video games instead of doing something more active. The Daily Beast reported late in 2013 that the Duke of Cambridge said of the new PlayStation 4, “I’d like to get one, but I’m not sure how my wife would feel about it.” However, he did characterize himself as “an enthusiastic but quite useless gamer,” hinting that he probably does get some time to play video games, even if the kids can’t join him.
Next: Nobody in the royal family can play this board game.
3. George and Charlotte also can’t play Monopoly
A popular board game also makes the royal family’s list of banned toys. The royal family — including William, Kate, and their children — can’t play Monopoly. We don’t have many details on that rule or who instituted it. But Prince Andrew, upon receiving the board game as a gift, made the remark, “We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious.” Perhaps it’s a good thing that George and Charlotte don’t get to try their hand at the game!
Next: The new baby won’t get any of these toys.
2. Prince Louis won’t get to keep any of the toys that well-wishers send
Express reports that it’s not just George and Charlotte who are subject to William and Kate’s rules about banned toys. Monarchs, politicians, organizations, businesses, and even everyday citizens will send thousands of gifts, including numerous toys, to the royal family to welcome the new baby. But Prince Louis won’t ever get to play with any of those toys because the royal family has decided not to accept unsolicited gifts, instead storing them or giving them away to charities and hospitals.
Next: The royal family also has these limits in place.
1. Plus, Charlotte and George only get a few toys
No overflowing toy chests for George, Charlotte, or Louis! You could add a surplus of gifts to the list of banned toys that William and Kate won’t allow in their household. Even at Christmas, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and now Prince Louis won’t get huge numbers of toys. As Us Weekly learned, William and Kate give them a few toys. A source characterized a dollhouse as a “strong contender” for Charlotte at Christmas 2017, and George likely got something on wheels — a bike, a skateboard, or a toy car. But a family friend told the publication William and Kate don’t want to overindulge their children. “It’s their worst nightmare.”
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