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Boris Johnson sends Prince George a personal 'Boris Bike' gift

6 August 2013
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Boris Johnson is the latest politician in the UK to send a gift to Prince William and Kate Middleton's newborn and third in line to the throne, Prince George.

The mayor of London has aptly chosen a tricycle version of his famous "Boris Bikes" to send to the royal baby, to "acculturate him to the joy of cycling.

"The mini ride has been painted in the same blue colour scheme as the regular bikes, and has Prince George's birth date printed as a serial number down the side, as well as his name.

Boris, who was speaking on LBC radio, seemed a little unsure about the exact whereabouts of the tricycle at first, but assured listeners it was "beautiful".

"We are sending a tricycle," he said. "I'm using the present tense because I think it has gone. I'm looking around… I think it has gone. I'm afraid I haven't personally been out shopping.

"My memory is and I'm glad it has been confirmed, we are sending Prince George a beautiful, bouncing blue tricycle to get him on the bike at the earliest possible opportunity and to acculturate him to the joy of cycling."

As a keen cyclist himself, Boris is often spotted biking around the city and on Sunday took part in the 100-mile cycling challenge from Surrey to London.

"Amazing day - just finished the wonderful @RideLondon 100. Operation Chiseled Whippet accomplished!" he tweeted, sharing a photo of himself after the race.

Although Prince William and Kate asked for donations to charity instead of gifts, it seems that a handful of Britain's politicians couldn't resist buying the infant Prince a present.

Prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha gave the royal baby a box-set of Roald Dahl books including George’s Marvellous Medicine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam sent a hand-embroidered blanket made by nuns from a convent near Miriam's hometown of Valladolid in Spain, as well as a bag of coffee alluding to the numerous sleepless nights the new parents will face in the following months.

"The nuns, they make these beautiful handmade things so we've sent that and we've thrown in with a gift, a large bag of our favourite coffee because as parents of little boys, we know you need that coffee when you're coping with little boys," said Nick.

Labour leader Ed Miliband sent the baby a three-year-old apple tree, a traditional gift for a first-born son. The tree was sourced from the residents association of the Brent Eleven Streets and the London Orchard Project.

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