Kate Middleton and Prince William Received a Weird Wedding Gift from Boris Johnson

A wedding is an exciting time for many people, and a royal wedding escalates the excitement level to new highs. Considering how long it took Prince William to propose to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, it is really no surprise that there was so much anticipation regarding their nuptials.

For months, the world speculated about every detail of the big day — from who Kate’s dress designer would be, to what celebrities would receive an invitation to the event. The night before Prince William and Kate became husband and wife, thousands of fans gathered outside Westminster Abbey, waiting for hours to try to get a glimpse of the royal family members. The day finally arrived, and the wedding, which was broadcast live around the world, went off without a hitch.

We can only imagine the gifts that Prince William and Kate received from friends and family when they got married. Most of them were likely pretty extravagant, such as Anmer Hall, the country estate that was given to the couple by the queen.

It is not as if royals have a gift registry at their local department store, and the fact of the matter is, they already have some pretty lavish stuff. Let’s talk about the weird wedding gift that Kate and Prince William received from Boris Johnson.

A long road to the altar

Kate Middleton
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Prince William has been one of the most famous people in the world since the day he was born, and he was one of the first royals to marry a commoner. Kate didn’t become well-known until the couple announced that they were in a relationship, and even then, her fame was nowhere near what it is now.

They met as young students at the University of Saint Andrew’s in Scotland, and dated for quite a few years, even breaking up once, before getting engaged. According to Good Housekeeping, the two of them finally realized that their relationship was meant to be, and they married in one of the most spectacular weddings ever in 2011. 

A royal wedding like no other

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To say that Prince William and Kate had a big wedding is somewhat of an understatement. Over 1900 people attended the ceremony and billions more watched on television.

So, what was it like? Well, to start, Kate wore a bespoke dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen that inspired thousands of brides around the world. The wedding came with a price tag of over $34 million dollars, which makes sense given the massive security team, the horse-drawn carriages, and the two receptions that took place.

While the public didn’t get more than a glimpse inside the private parties, we do know that the two cakes that were made for the celebrations cost over $80,000 alone. There was happiness all over the United Kingdom, if not the world, as everyone celebrated one of their most favorite royals finally marrying the woman who will one day make an excellent queen consort.

Kate Middleton and Prince William received a weird wedding gift from Boris Johnson

It must be difficult to figure out what to get a future king and queen as a wedding gift. It’s not as if they need typical gifts that we are used to buying for such an occasion, like a blender or a coffee maker.

So, what was the weird gift that Boris Johnson, who was then the mayor of London, got for prince William and Kate? According to MSN, Johnson got pretty creative when deciding on a gift, giving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a tandem bike to celebrate their marriage. Although we have never seen them ride it, we bet they were pretty surprised to receive such a present, and it definitely takes the cake as most original.