Even before they had children, it was clear that Prince William and Kate Middleton were going to be very modern, down-to-earth parents. And as time has shown, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are being brought up in a way that helps them fit in with the masses. But of course, these little tots are still royals — and with that, comes a few special amenities.
Princess Charlotte’s $44,000 birthday gift
Only the best gifts for a princess, right? Just before Charlotte’s first birthday, Vanity Fair highlighted a list released by the Royal Family highlighting the most extravagant presents she received. Among the expensive figurines and stuffed animals was a slew of pricey rattles. The rattle from The Natural Sapphire Company, made of white gold and dripping in jewels, clocks in at about $44,000.
Next: Who know a blanket could be such a hot commodity?
A trendy baby blanket
A newborn heir to the throne should only be swaddled in the absolute best blankets, right? Such was the case when William and Kate first emerged from the hospital after Prince George was born. The three-day old prince was wrapped up snug in a jungle animal print Aden + Anais muslin wrap. The blanket spurred a shopping spree in which caused the small company’s blanket supply to sell out.
Next: The royal pooch.
The family pets
Most kids have to beg their parents to get a pet. Such is not the case for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who come from a long line of animal lovers. (Come on, have you seen their great-grandmother the Queen with her corgis?) George and Charlotte share the affection of the family cocker spaniel, Lupo, and Charlotte has a hamster named Marvin.
Next: Most children just pretend that they live in a castle.
Their large living quarters
Being royal means living in royal digs, even if you are little tikes like George and Charlotte. The two live with their parents in the historic Kensington Palace in London. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their miniature royals live in a suite away from the tourists and events that the palace holds regularly. George and Charlotte’s uncle, Prince Harry, also lives there.
Next: Clearly, these kids can’t just live in a castle.
And the other large living quarters
With the Duke and Duchess’s wishes for privacy — and William’s wish that his kids don’t solely grow up behind palace walls — the family’s country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk is still a regular destination. The part-time home is on sprawling land that includes a tennis court for the adults and a swimming pool for the whole family. Perfect for young George and Charlotte to go out and play without the hustle and bustle of the city.
Next: Speaking of privacy …
A little help from the gardeners
As we previously mentioned, William and Kate insist that their family stay out of the limelight as much as possible. Of course, that can be difficult at a place like Kensington Palace where there is lots of activity. Which is why the royals had the gardeners plant a hedge that doubles as a privacy fence from paparazzi and nosy neighbors. This way, the prince and princess can play outside without being spied on.
Next: Leaving on a jet plane.
Typically, parents wait for their children to be grown up before taking them on excursions around the world. But when you’re a royal, jet-setting is a big part of life. Prince George took his first international trip with his parents when he was less than a year old!
Next: Say cheese!
Special photographers for special occasions
Every parent likes to bust out their cameras and snap as many pictures as possible for the kids’ first birthday. And sure, Kate Middleton has certainly taken her fair share of photos of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. But that is only in addition to the children having their portraits taken by one of the Royal Family’s official photographers.
Next: The most wonderful time of the year.
Christmas is a big deal for the royals, including traditions such as attending church together and celebrating with the Queen at Sandringham House in Norfolk. This also means lots of presents for George and Charlotte. In fact, Prince George was so excited about Christmas that he started opening his presents early in 2016 — much to the chagrin of his parents.
Next: Tickets to the best events in town.
Attending exclusive events
Because of their family pedigree, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend some of the biggest social events of the year. In fact, even though they are quite young, the prince and princess are already quite family with attending social events. (Although, judging by George’s expression at the Trooping the Colour parade, he does’t appear to like the high-class social scene very much.)
Next: Meet the press.
First meetings with the press at a very young age
Heck, the royals have their first run-in with the media when they’re just a couple days old! Who can forget the massive mob of photographers that were waiting outside the hospital for Prince William and Kate Middleton right after Prince George was born.
Next: A luxurious entrance into the world.
The hospital where they were born
Prince George and Princess Charlotte can thank their late grandmother, Princess Diana, for making an upscale hospital stay a must for when royal babies are born. Diana broke the tradition of at-home birthing in favor of a comfy hospital stay, and Kate has followed suit. Both George, Charlotte, and the newest prince were born in the exclusive Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
Next: Only the best clothes for the prince and princess.
There is no denying that the prince and princess are well-dressed. (A trendsetter like Kate Middleton can’t have poorly-dressed kids, right?) So it’s no surprise that any outfit they get photographed in typically spurs a shopping spree for fans. Unless, of course, the clothes are custom made, which has potentially been the case for Charlotte’s adorable little dresses.
Next: They even get addressed like they’re adults.
Yes, even the youngest royals have official titles. They go by His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge and Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. The royals made headlines when it was announced that George would not be addressed by his title as he attends public school, and is simply called George Cambridge.
Next: What will baby No. 3 bring?
A new sibling!
What little kid doesn’t want to have another baby at the house? Prince George and Princess Charlotte now have that pleasure that their mother Kate Middleton has given birth to her third child. We imagine this will bring in a whole new bunch of expensive baby gifts — and some “big sibling gifts” for George and Charlotte.
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