Kate Middletons thoughtful gift for the late Queen which she was nervous about

Members of the Royal Family are notorious for their funny tradition of buying each other gag gifts at Christmas time, with previous presents including a leather toilet seat, a 'grow your own girlfriend kit' and even a shower cap which had “Ain’t life a b****” written on it.

While these gifts are supposed to be utterly bizarre, there is one present that was gifted by the Princess of Wales that highlighted a sentimental break with tradition. Kate herself spoke about giving this gift to her grandmother-in-law and the nerves she felt at the time.

During her first Christmas spent with the Royal Family at Sandringham in Norfolk, Kate admitted she was worried about what to give the Queen. While it is well-known that the family opt for joke presents for the grown ups, it seems Kate looked no further than her own grandmother for her inspiration. And it was clearly the right thing to do as it went down very well with the late monarch.

Speaking in an ITV documentary in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016, Kate revealed what the thoughtful gift was. The Princess explained: "I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas. And I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present.

I was thinking, 'Gosh, what should I give her?' I thought back to what I would give my own grandparents. And I thought, 'I'll make her something,' which could have gone horribly wrong. But I decided to make my granny's recipe for chutney.

"I was slightly worried about it, but I noticed the next day that it was on the table. I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me and I've noticed since she's done that on lots of occasions and I think it just shows her thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody."

Elsewhere in the documentary, Kate revealed that the Queen had a special tradition that she followed when her great-grandchildren come to stay. At the time, the Princess said: “[The Queen] always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay, and that just shows her love for her family.”

Kate went on to discuss how the Queen is particularly enamoured with Princess Charlotte, 8. She explained: “The Queen was really thrilled that it was a little girl. I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington she was one of our first visitors here. I think she’s very fond of Charlotte. She’s always watching what she’s up to.”

While it is clear the Princess of Wales does not struggle with gift-giving, Prince William certainly does. In 2020, William appeared on a special episode of Peter Crouch's podcast in support of the Heads Up campaign. After the former England player confessed to buying his wife Abbey Clancy a raincoat three years running, William said: "I did get my wife a pair of binoculars once – she's never let me forget that.

"That was early on in the courtship, that was – I think that sealed the deal," William added, while Peter laughed. The Prince continued: "It didn't go well. Honestly, I have no idea why I bought her a pair of binoculars, it seemed like a good idea at the time."

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