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Canada to donate $100K in name of Prince George

07/25/2013 12:19 EDT | Updated 09/24/2013 05:12 EDT
What do you give a young prince who has — or will someday have — everything?

The Canadian government has chosen to mark Monday's birth of Prince George of Cambridge with a large donation and a blanket.

The Prime Minister's Office announced Thursday that the Government of Canada will donate $100,000 to a Canadian "child-focused charity" on the prince's behalf and would also offer the newest royal a "Canadian-handcrafted blanket, reflective of our country's rich and diverse culture.

"These gifts symbolize our warm ties to our Royal Family, honouring our close and enduring relationship," the PMO said in a statement.

The donation will go to an organization, to be named later, "to support initiatives that seek to improve the lives of children."

According to media reports, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, had asked for donations to a British health charity in lieu of gifts for their first child.

The prince, whose full given name is George Alexander Louis, will also be offered a selection of Canadian children's books in English and French, as a personal gift from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen and Gov. Gen. David Johnston and his wife Sharon. The statement noted that many of the books were past winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards.

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