What a Doll! See the Early Christmas Gifts Prince William Received for Princess Charlotte and Mom Kate
The hand-finished $125 dolls are for the two special ladies in his life
Christmas has come early for Princess Charlotte!
Her delighted dad Prince William was handed two custom-made dolls (aptly named Catherine and Charlotte) during a day trip to Birmingham on Monday.
The dolls were for the two special ladies in his life – Princess Kate and 7-month-old Charlotte.
The hand-finished $125 dolls – one with blue eyes and one with brown eyes – are from Welsh company Bonnie & Pearl and were gifted to him by businessmen Satnam Sagoo and his brother Pally, whose company made the wardrobe and bed that went with them.
Both 19″ dark-haired dolls are available for purchase on the company s website, with the Charlotte Doll described as “outgoing and adventurous,” and the Catherine Doll described as “strong minded and determined.”
“William was made up, he absolutely loved them,” Sagoo tells PEOPLE. “He loved the dolls and loved the furniture.”
It might be some months before little Charlotte will be able to play with the dolls, because they are aimed at slightly older children. But Nicola Evans, managing director of Bonnie & Pearl, tells PEOPLE, “The fact that it will be sitting on her shelves in her bedroom and that she will get some enjoyment out of them is really special.”
The dolls were given to the prince, 33, on behalf of the international charity Football for Peace, which Sagoo, from Ashcraft Furniture Ltd., supports. William was visiting the charity on Monday as part of a day of events in Birmingham.
The United Nations-backed charity aims to use the power of football to unite people from different backgrounds, and in Birmingham, it is bringing together students from diverse backgrounds to coach and play the game together.
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At the event, soccer fan William took part in a penalty shoot out – and missed all three shots against a schoolboy from Saltley Academy, where he was visiting.
William, a keen soccer player and avid fan of Birmingham-based team Aston Villa, had already prepared his excuses before his first penalty at the high school in Saltley, a gritty east Birmingham suburb.
“Remember, I m in a suit and wearing shoes,” he told keeper Dominic Rynkar, 13. “Remember our deal. Are you a Birmingham City fan? Who do you support?”
When the young player from Archbishop Ilsely School in Birmingham replied that he too was a Villa fan, the royal said, “That s okay. So we have an understanding.”