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Details of Barack Obama's thoughtful present to Prince George revealed

25 JULY 2014

When Prince George was born, presents came flooding in from around the world. Among them was a particularly thoughtful gift which came all the way from the White House, courtesy of Barack Obama.

The US leader sent Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, a beautiful rocking horse for their son.

 

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The beautiful rocking horse that Barack Obama sent to Prince George

 

Handmade, the special toy came complete with a saddle bearing the presidential seal. Once he's big enough George can also play at polo – just like his dad does for real – using a toy polo mallet Mr Obama also sent.

This special wooden toy is partly made from a branch of an oak tree which once stood on the South Lawn of the White House.

The royal gift was revealed as part of a Buckingham Palace's new summer exhibition, which is entitled "Royal Chidhood".

It features hundreds of artifacts, including photos, never-seen-before videos, luxury toys and other artifacts which give an insight into the childhoods of 25 members of the royal family.

 

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Prince George celebrated his first birthday on 22 July



Other exhibits include the Queen's baby book, which reveals the future monarch spoke her first words – "mama" and "bebe" aged 13 months.

The keepsake also records the date she cut her first tooth - 26 January 1927 – and the day she began to crawl, which was 11 April 1927.

Visitors can also see the height chart of the monarch – which has the horse shoes of five of her childhood ponies hammered onto it.

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