If you’re wondering what a royal couple like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could possibly receive as wedding gifts, it’s not quite what you’d imagine. For one, Markle and Prince Harry have asked their guests to donate to charities as opposed to sending lavish gifts. The United States, however, does have a history of gifting royal couples with something fancy, but it’s also extraordinarily boring: a bowl. Yes, the same thing that your aunt might buy you from your registry has been gifted by two U.S. presidents for past royal weddings.
According to InStyle, Harry Truman was the first to kick off this trend with a Steuben “Merry-Go-Round Bowl,” gifted to Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947. Later, Ronald and Nancy Reagan gave Princess Diana and Prince Charles a $75,000 engraved Steuben glass bowl as a wedding gift in 1981 as a homage to Truman’s purchase. Interestingly, though, Nancy reportedly used State Department funds and haggled the price down to $8,000. A bargain hunter!
Peep these bowls for yourself, below:
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In all likelihood, if Melania and Donald Trump do give Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a gift, it probably won’t be a bowl. In 2011, Kate Middleton and Prince William started a new tradition of asking for charitable donations rather than material items for their wedding day. Like we said, Prince Harry and Markle have followed suit, asking their guests to donate to one of seven charities handpicked by the couple, which range from women’s empowerment to HIV awareness and conservation organizations. Michelle and Barack Obama gave six Apple notebook computers to PeacePlayers International in honor of Will and Kate’s big day, but there is no word on if the Trumps—who did not receive wedding invites—will donate on behalf of the United States on May 19, or if they’ll take it back old school and give the royals a bowl.