Forgoing lavish and extravagant wedding gifts, Prince William and Kate Middleton have declared that well-wishers should instead make anonymous charitable donations.
Fitting with their down-to-earth outlook
, the couple are staying true to their conviction that theirs will truly be a "people’s wedding".
But it was not always so. Past guests and admirers worldwide have showered newlywed royal couples with impressive and luxurious gifts from the four corners of the earth.
Extravagance was often the name of the game, delighting not just the happy couple but also the eager public who awaited with bated breath the chance for a glimpse of the royal presents.
Jewels are the gift of choice for many and Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip received their fair share for their 1947 nuptials.
Strands of pearls, diamond necklaces, ruby earrings, and elaborate tiaras were among the 2500 presents given to the couple by Elizabeth's family and international dignitaries. They were later put on display in St James's Palace