With the due date of June 13 for the birth of the newest member of the UK royal family fast approaching, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will already have their hands full, overwhelmed with all the new baby clothes and equipment they will need. It’s one of those times when it helps to be royalty.
The royal couple have been receiving gifts from all over the world, including a curious custom baby box from Finland. Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, has sent Will and Kate a package of items that include newborn-baby clothes and toys, to condoms. The box itself can also be turned into a bassinet when emptied.
“We were delighted to receive the very kind gift of the maternity package from the Finnish government,” said a spokesman for Kensington Palace. “It was a very thoughtful gesture and we’re very grateful for it. I’m sure the Duke and Duchess will be very interested to see the contents.” The baby box itself is given to all expectant mothers in Finland as a starter kit.
But essentials (and condoms) aside, the Duchess and Duke have also received some oddities among the gifts: British celebrity jeweller Theo Fennell has designed a custom $15,000 (11,500 euro) bracelet for the Duchess of Cambridge, that’s equipped with a mini nappy-cream holder to help keep the baby’s bottom rash-free.
And as part of her new hobby, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is busy knitting a red toy kangaroo for the upcoming third-in-line to the British throne. The country’s first woman premier, who was forced out of office last month, has appeared on the cover of Australian Women’s Weekly, where she is seen posing on an armchair while knitting, surrounded by balls of wool, with her dog Reuben at her feet.
See the full maternity package of the Finnish government here .