22/12/2014 09:08 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Prince George To Get A £4,650 Rocking ZEBRA For Christmas


Prince George is to get a £4,560 rocking ZEBRA for Christmas.

While other kids would be thrilled to receive a mere rocking horse, the Royal toddler is to get something a tad more exotic - and expensive - in his (extremely large!) festive stocking.

According to the Mail, the gift is from the Duchess of Cambridge's parents Carole and Michael Middleton.

A source told the paper: "A rocking horse has been on the Christmas list for some time. Carole saw it, absolutely loved it and called up to make some enquiries."

The zebra is made by the family firm Stevenson Brothers, of Ashford in Kent and can be bought through a number of select London stores including Harrods and Dragons of Walton Street.

Stevenson Brothers

It's understood that William and Kate have bought George a Brio Deluxe Railway Set, which includes trains, a track, figures and some scenery. Sets start from about £40 and can cost up to £200.

And the Prince's parents are also understood to be considering buying George a retro-style ride-on car by Oskar&Catie costing £85.

The paper says other gifts for the young Prince include the book Happy Hooves Oh! Oh! Oh! by Anna Bogie, and a tree house for the grounds of their new Norfolk home.

Meanwhile, Prince George has met Father Christmas for the first time after his parents took him for a surprise visit to a winter wonderland.

The excited 17-month-old met Santa as he toured Santa's Magical Journey at Thursford - close to the family's new country home in Norfolk - with his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting a baby brother or sister for George in April.

Members of the public couldn't believe their eyes as the royal party, who had booked their tickets (£15 for children and £9.50 for adults) in advance, toured the popular attraction.

Animated reindeer, penguins, polar bears and elves lined the path to Santa's grotto which was adorned with fake snow and twinkling lights.

During the hour long visit Prince George was able to see 'real life elves' working in Santa's workshop to get everyone's toys ready on time for Christmas day, while giant teddy bears loaded the presents into his sleigh.

And then the Prince met Santa as he excitedly wandered into Father Christmas's house.

William and Kate looked on as George chatted to Father Christmas who presented him with a gift-wrapped wooden train.

Describing the royal visit General manager, Geraldine Rye, told the Sunday Express: "George seemed to have a lovely time. When I saw him, he was walking around. It was a private visit and they were not given any special treatment. We only knew shortly beforehand that they were coming.

"They went around the winding path in our exhibition centre and would have seen animated animals like polar bears, penguins and reindeers as well. It is a fantasy land and the animated elves tell stories which you can listen to as you go round. It is all very traditional and is designed for families with young children.

"The visit, including going into Santa's house, usually takes at least 45 minutes, but they seemed to be here a long time. They didn't miss anything and they had a good time. Lots of people recognised them, but they didn't get any hassle and nobody tried to take any pictures of them."

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