It’s really obvious 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.
The stunning property, which boasts a swimming pool, private tennis court, and ten bedrooms, was certainly no small gift.
But the queen has a history of being rather extravagant with her wedding gifts.
When her eldest son, Prince Charles, married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, she generously gifted her new daughter-in-law with a stunning diamond and pearl tiara.
For the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, the queen is expected to be equally as generous even though the young couple has expressed no interest in receiving gifts.
In a statement released by Kensington Palace on behalf of the bride and groom-to-be, it was requested that: “Anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift.”
Of course, no rules apply when you’re the Queen of England, so news that the 92-year-old monarch is planning to give her young grandson and his American bride a home of their own is no surprise.
According to Duncan Larcombe, a former Royal editor and biographer to Prince Harry, it is “most likely” that the queen will give the couple York Cottage – another impressive property on the Sandringham estate.
Although, this gift isn’t necessarily as generous as it may seem, for the redbrick property was once called “unlucky and sad” by Queen Victoria. Meanwhile, Queen Mary thought it was ugly.
The poky home is also said to be haunted by the ghost of Prince Albert Victor, the eldest son of King Edward VII who died of pneumonia in 1892 at the tender age of 28, leaving his younger brother George V to become king.
Of course, beggars can’t be choosers, and there is no chance that Prince Harry and Meghan will reject such a gift from the queen.
Whilst a private home of their own is expected, it isn’t guaranteed. Meanwhile, one thing that is certain is their titles after marriage. Just like Prince William and Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan will be given a dukedom upon marriage.
Currently, speculation suggests that the newlyweds will be given the title of Sussex or Clarence – but, I guess we shall have to wait for the big day to find out officially!