If you're wondering what exactly a royal couple could possibly receive as wedding gifts, it's not as exciting as you'd imagine. Turns out, the United States has a history of gifting something extraordinarily banal: 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—but these aren't just any regular dishes.
According to InStyle, Harry Truman was the first to kick off the 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—though Nancy reportedly used State Department funds and haggled the price down to $8,000. (A woman after our own hearts.)
As for Harry and Meghan? Their gift from the U.S. will be a little different. Much like his presidential style of doing things—erm, eccentricly—Donald Trump has decided to break away from the traditional bowl gift and in a shocking turn of events, gift something much more practical.
“President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be making a contribution to one of the seven charities the royal couple has designated in lieu of gifts,” White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters said in a statement to Us on Friday, May 18.
In 2011, Kate Middleton and Prince William started a new tradition of asking for charitable donations rather than material items for their wedding day. (Previously, Charles and Diana's wedding gifts were even put on display for the public to pay to see for months after their ceremony.) Prince Harry and his bride-to-be have followed in his older brother's footsteps, asking any guests to donate to one of seven charities handpicked by the couple, which range from women's empowerment to HIV 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 or where Donald and Melania—who did not receive wedding invites—might donate on behalf of the United States on May 19.