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Scoop: Princess Charlotte rakes in the goods on first birthday

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Britain’s Princess Charlotte, who celebrated her first birthday on May 2, poses for a photograph, at Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, England, (Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace via AP)

In honor of Princess Charlotte’s first birthday on Monday, Kensington Palace released a list of gifts the little one received, and it’s a doozy.

Leaders (and businesses) from around the globe spared no expense when it came to celebrating Prince William and Kate Middleton’s daughter’s first year, Us Weekly reports.

The most outrageous item, perhaps, was a $44,000 white-gold rattle studded with diamonds, from the Natural Sapphire Company.

On a more reasonable note, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sent a stuffed-animal version of their famed Portuguese Water Dog, Bo, and a jigsaw puzzle.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent a snowsuit and a book, and made a $100,000 donation in her honor to Immunize Canada, a vaccine advocacy organization.

The princess’ aunt Pippa Middleton bestowed something more practical: a $6 pack of biodegradable diapers made from natural mull cloth.

Other noteworthy offerings include silk figurines depicting the 18th-century Chinese novel “Dream of the Red Chamber” from China’s President Xi Jinping; a copy of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales from British Prime Minister David Cameron; and handmade coats (given to Charlotte and her big brother, Prince George, 2) from Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema.


Certain luminaries took the “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” theme of the 2016 Costume Institute Gala on Monday at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art quite seriously.

Taylor Swift wore a cut-out silver Louis Vuitton dress with black lace-up heels and vampy dark lips at the bash, which has become one of fashion’s biggest annual events.

Others donning metallic or otherwise techno-inspired looks included: Julie Macklowe, Alicia Vikander, Michelle Williams, Misty Copeland and Nicole Kidman. Also notable, for feathers, were Zoe Saldana and Rita Ora.


Former Costco food buyer Erica Welton, who says she was “shocked to learn there wasn’t a single USDA organic certified fast food” restaurant in the country, started one: A San Francisco outlet of The Organic Coup opens at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at 101 Spear St. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Menu items include: a crispy chicken sandwich, wrap, salad and tenders, a vegetarian tofu burger, organic beverages and fresh hot popped organic popcorn with a vegan buttery organic coconut oil.


Dancer Cheryl Burke is 32. … Country singer Eric Church is 39. … Actress Christina Hendricks is 41. … Actor Bobby Cannavale is 46. … Singer Frankie Valli is 82.

— Staff, wire report

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