The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge encourage well-wishers to donate money to help people in need, rather than sending gifts.

Prince Louis at three days old on 26 April 2018. Photo: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

So there is no need to send hand-made knitted booties, as the Royal Family tend to recycle baby clothes.

Prince Louis was said to wear the same outfit as his older sister for a photo taken by their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, in 2015.

Kensington Palace has released a statement, following the birth of Prince Louis’ birth on 23 April 2018 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are extremely grateful for the support and goodwill being expressed at this happy time. However, Their Royal Highnesses do not wish to encourage the sending of gifts to them on this occasion, and feel that any generosity of spirit felt by individuals should be directed to those more in need.

Instead, gift-givers are encouraged to provide support either by donating to a local children’s charity or the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, to mark the little prince’s arrival.

It would be far cheaper than paying exorbitant costs, especially for well-wishers living outside the UK, especially Australia or New Zealand.

However, William and Kate cannot accept any gifts from commercial organisations. These gifts will be returned to the sender or donated to an appropriate charity if the postage is too expensive.

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd sent a uniquely Australian gift on behalf of the nation to older brother Prince George following his birth in 2013, including a soft cuddly bilby toy and a copy of Mem Fox’s book, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.

A bilby enclosure at Taronga Zoo was named in Prince George’s honour and a $10,000 grant to the zoo’s research project to preserve bilbies, a treasured but threatened Australian marsupial.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George visited Taronga Zoo to open the bilby enclosure during their royal visit to Australia in 2014.

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