Shalom Life | May 06, 2015

From Israel with Love: President Rivlin Sends Gift to Royal Baby

Israeli President has specialty dress made for Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

By: Daniel Koren

Published: May 4th, 2015 in News » Israel

Photo: Prince William, Duchess Kate and Princess Charlotte


Following the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Saturday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continue to receive a bountiful selection of gifts and presents, along with their well wishes for their growing family.

To Princess Charlotte, fourth in line to the Throne, Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin and First Lady Nechama Rivlin sent a dress, bearing the words "From Israel with Love," and a brooch, which displayed a hamsa symbol (a sign of protection).

“On behalf of ourselves and of the citizens of the State of Israel, please allow us to offer our congratulations and good wishes on the birth of Your Majesty’s great-granddaughter, the new baby princess, to you and all the members of the Royal Family,” the Rivlins wrote.

A present for the new princess from President Reuven Rivlin (photo credit: President’s Residence)

Dress to Princess Charlotte from President Rivlin (Photo: President's Residence, via TOI)

“We would also like, through your good offices, to convey a warm message of congratulations and good wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their daughter, sister to Prince George, and to wish them much joy, health, and happiness.”

Both the brooch and dress were made special by Israeli designer Sharona Barzilai of a children's boutique called MiniMe.

“For me, this closes a circle as I learned to be a dressmaker in London, and I am delighted that my design has been sent as a present to the new princess,” she said to Times of Israel.

Monday was a joyous day in London as the sound of gun salutes and bells ringing symbolized the announcement from Prince William and Kate. Many have speculated that the name is a tribute to Prince William's father, Prince Charles, as the feminine form of the name.

Diana, of course, is for William's late mother, who died at 36 in a tragic car accident.

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