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Stacey Leasca
May 18, 2018

President Donald Trump may not be invited to the royal wedding this Saturday, but that likely doesn’t mean he won’t be sending a gift. A rather specific gift, that is, if history repeats itself. 

According to InStyle, America has a grand tradition of sending off what could be the most boring royal wedding gift of all time: a bowl. Yes, a bowl.

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However, these aren’t just any old salad bowls bought off a registry at Bed Bath & Beyond. These are Steuben glass bowls worth thousands of dollars.

As InStyle explained, the tradition of giving newly minted royal couples glass bowls dates all the way back to Harry Truman, who gifted then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip a Steuben “Merry-Go-Round Bowl” in 1947 for their wedding.

The New York Times also reported that Nancy and Ronald Reagan gave Princess Diana and Prince Charles a $75,000 engraved Steuben glass bowl for their wedding 1981. However, Nancy didn’t pay retail — instead she reportedly snagged it for a mere $8,000 using State Department funds.

So, because of this glass bowl tradition, one can only assume Donald and Melania will be ordering one and sending it off to Kensington Palace any day now.

Of course the Americans aren’t the only ones who often give the royals some rather odd wedding gifts. The mayor of London, who gave Kate and William a tandem bicycle, said at the time, "I look forward to seeing the newlyweds on tandem wheels as they start their new life in Anglesey." InStyle also noted that Gandhi gifted Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip a small woven cloth for their big day, which the Queen mistook for a loincloth. 

Though maybe world leaders will get hip to the young royals' game and give to charity instead of sending a physical gift.

In April, Harry and Meghan asked the public to not send gifts, but to give to one of their favorite organizations if they felt so inclined.

“Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift,” a tweet from Kensington Palace read at the time.

The charities, the palace added, represent “a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV, and the Armed Forces.” And really, isn’t giving $75,000 to charity a little better than sending a glass bowl anyway?

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