Canada gifts Princess Charlotte with snowsuit, $100K immunization donation
The newborn baby princess, born to parents Kate Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, is carried in a car seat by her father from The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, in London, Saturday, May 2, 2015. (AP / John Stillwell)
Published Tuesday, May 12, 2015 3:10PM EDT
A small Canadian-made snowsuit and a hefty donation to vaccination and immunization efforts are Canada's gifts to Princess Charlotte, the latest addition to the Royal Family.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's wife, Laureen Harper, announced Tuesday that a $100,000 charitable donation to Immunize Canada will be made in Princess Charlotte's name.
The organization focuses on promoting the understanding and safe use of vaccines across the country.
Charlotte is the second child and first daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She was born on May 2, and is fourth in line to the throne.
Following the announcement, the Prime Minister issued a statement congratulating the Duke and Duchess on the birth of the princess.
"To mark this wonderful occasion, the Government of Canada is pleased to announce a $100,000 donation to Immunize Canada. This child-focused charity is dedicated to promoting the understanding and use of life-saving vaccines to help ensure children across Canada get the best start in life," he said in a statement.
"Canadians recognize that the Royal Family has always been engaged and conscientious when it comes to the health and well-being of Canadian children. It is therefore fitting that this tradition be continued by providing a donation in the name of Princess Charlotte to help promote protection for children across our great country."
Harper also said that the Canadian-made snowsuit is reflection of Canada's northern identity.
When Charlotte's older brother Prince George was born, he was also given several gifts from Canada that reflected Canadian culture.
The gifts included a pair of Mukluks, a handmade muskox wool blanket, a $100,000 donation to Canadian charity and several books in English and in French. Titles included in the books were "The Hockey Sweater" by Roch Carrier and Robert Munsch's "Love you Forever."