Finland's Social Service Donates Baby Box For Prince William & Catherine's Baby-In-Waiting

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during the annual Trooping The Colour ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2013 in London Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during the annual Trooping The Colour ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2013 in London

A future British king or queen might spend some early hours sleeping in a cardboard box — if a maternity package donated by Finland’s social security service proves a success.

The Nordic country has given a baby box to Prince William and former Catherine Middleton, who are expecting their first baby in mid-July.

The brightly colored cardboard box doubles as a cot, complete with mattress and sheets, and contains numerous baby items including a sleeping bag, jump suits, socks, pants, hats, bonnets and diapers. Maternity packages have been given to expectant mothers in Finland since 1938.

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A spokesperson for the royal couple at Kensington Palace said Wednesday that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were “delighted” by their baby box, and that “it was a very thoughtful gesture and we’re very grateful for it.”

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