Finland donates baby box to Prince William and Catherine
Britain's Prince William, left, and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, visit a football training pitch at St George's Park near Burton Upon Trent in Staffordshire, England, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:39AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:48AM EDT
HELSINKI, Finland -- A future British king or queen might spend some early hours sleeping in a cardboard box -- if a maternity package donated by Finland's social security service proves a success.
The Nordic country has given a baby box to Prince William and former Catherine Middleton, who are expecting their first baby in mid-July.
The brightly colored cardboard box doubles as a cot, complete with mattress and sheets, and contains numerous baby items including a sleeping bag, jump suits, socks, pants, hats, bonnets and diapers. Maternity packages have been given to expectant mothers in Finland since 1938.
A spokesperson for the royal couple at Kensington Palace said Wednesday that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were "delighted" by their baby box, and that "it was a very thoughtful gesture and we're very grateful for it."