British Prime Minister David Cameron has given Prince George a box-set of books by much-loved children’s author Roald Dahl as a present following his birth last week, Downing Street says.
Dahl’s many hits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda – musical versions of which are both currently entertaining audiences in London’s West End – as well as Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine.
However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have to wait a few years before reading the tales to their first son – born 10 days ago – as Dahl’s anarchic and sometimes spine-chilling works are generally enjoyed by children who are well beyond the toddler years.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam sent proud parents William and Kate a big bag of coffee to help them cope with the fatigue caused by sleepless nights caring for their new baby.
The Cleggs also gave George a white cot cover and sheet hand-embroidered by nuns in Miriam’s home village in Spain, where the Cleggs were holidaying at the time of the royal birth last week.
Speaking on his regular Call Clegg phone-in on LBC 97.3 radio, Clegg said: “Miriam and I sent a letter with a gift just yesterday to Kensington Palace.
“The gift comes in two parts. We found a beautiful cot cover and cot sheet which is hand-embroidered in a convent in the village where Miriam comes from in Spain, where I was for a few days a few days ago.
“We have thrown in with the gift a large bag of our favourite coffee, because as parents of young boys we know you need coffee when you are coping with little boys.”
Labour leader Ed Miliband gave George an apple tree, which aides said was a traditional gift for a first-born son.
The tree is three years old and nearly ready for planting out, and already has some fruit growing on it.
It was sourced from local community groups the Brent Eleven Streets residents association and the London Orchard Project. [AAP]