As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prepare for the impending arrival of their first-born, a gift register released last week by the Royal Family detailed the number of baby gifts received by the couple during their tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in the autumn of 2018. The couple announced the news that they were expecting their first child on the first day of the royal tour and received a considerable number of gifts whilst completing their royal engagements on the tour.
Amongst the items on the 26 page list that were given to the couple were; 97 soft toys (which included 1 echidna, 4 kiwis, 5 kangaroos and 11 koalas); 10 baby blankets; 3 shawls; at least 8 pairs of baby socks; 14 booties; 14 vests; 2 bibs; 2 didgeridoos; 3 boomerangs; 146 books and a large toy box. A number of items appeared to have been hand-made by members of the public and were given to the couple during their many walkabouts on the tour.
Palace guidelines allow the Duke and Duchess to keep a certain number of items, which may be added to the nursery in their new home at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, with the remainder to be either kept in storage or donated to charities. The couple have also received a large number of gifts from their other engagements over the last few months, as well as presents from personal friends.
On the Duke and Duchess’s new Instagram page, the couple have thanked the public for their ‘warm wishes and kindness’ ahead of the birth of their first child and in lieu of gifts, have asked for donations to the following charities – The Lunch Box Fund; Little Village HQ; Well Child and Baby2Baby. The couple also expressed their thanks for the #GlobalSussexBabyShower fundraising movement that has seen well-wishers from across the world raise vast amounts of money for charities supported by the Duke and Duchess, including Camfed, WellChild and Mayhew.