Mukluks and Moccasins for Royal Baby Prince George From First Nations
The newborn royal baby, son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will step out in style once he is stepping.
Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo and his wife, Nancy, made sure that the royal feet of George Alexander Louis would be ready for every turn of season with a gift of both mukluks and moccasins from the aboriginal-owned Manitobah Mukluks, based in Winnipeg.
Their gift of a pair of Infant Scout moccasins and Edna Nabess mukluks, the latter from the retailer’s Storyboot Project, were also a symbolic gesture meant to link the baby prince to the nation-to-nation history shared between Canadian aboriginals and the British monarchy.
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“This gift symbolizes the historic ties between the aboriginal peoples of Canada and the Crown, and will serve as a continued token of friendship,” Atleo said in a statement quoted by the Canadian Press.
The Storyboot Project keeps artisanship alive by partnering with elders and artisans who make the merchandise using traditional methods.
Canada, like Britain and much of the world, is going wild for the new little one, born at 4:24 p.m. on July 22 weighing eight pounds, six ounces, Kensington Palace announced on Monday. On July 24 the proud parents named him and announced that his official title would be His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
The British Columbia city of Prince George is especially happy that it has a namesake in the royal family, and officials are preparing a gift basket, Mayor Shari Green told the Canadian Press. The city will designate July 22 Prince George of Cambridge Day as well, she said.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen Harper, said they would give $100,000 to a children’s charity to be announced.
“We are pleased to announce a donation to a Canadian child-focused charity to mark the birth of Prince George, and to offer a Canadian-handcrafted blanket, reflective of our country’s rich and diverse culture,” Harper said in a statement. “These gifts symbolize our warm ties to our Royal Family, honoring our close and enduring relationship.”
The Duke and Duchess wowed Canada as well as aboriginals upon their visit two summers ago, the couple’s first official trip as husband and wife. They were married on April 29, 2011. Prince George is third in line for the throne after his father and grandfather, Prince Charles of Wales.
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