Time is ticking down until the Prince Harry-Meghan Markle nuptials. The wedding of the one-time party prince and the beautiful American actress is going to be the social event of the year, if not the decade. It’s expected to cost at least $45 million – and yet the occasion isn’t going to be quite as lavish as people might have thought. Indeed, the happy couple have made some bold decisions regarding their wedding gifts.
What do you buy for the bride and groom when you’re invited to a royal wedding? Well, history has some quite amusing answers to that question. When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, for instance, she was gifted an enormous cheddar cheese wheel from the people of Cheddar in Somerset, England.
And when the current Queen married Prince Philip, her subjects went all out to lavish her with gifts, even though post-war rationing was still in place in Britain. She was sent spoons, silver and even clothing coupons from women all over the country. However, Elizabeth then had to return every coupon, as it was illegal for her to keep them. Nonetheless, she was at least allowed to retain the diplomatic gifts that she’s received from other countries.