Prince William's Crazy Expensive Birthday Gift Is Extravagant Even for Him

Prince William

Geez. He celebrated his 32nd birthday over the weekend, and just wait until you hear about the gift Queen Elizabeth gave Prince William, which is completely over-the-top even given the fact that he's royalty.

Most dudes are happy to receive some sort of electronic gadget or tickets to a ball game for their birthdays, which is why Wills has to be all sorts of ecstatic over the $13.6 million 2008 Agusta A109S Grand helicopter from his dear old Granny.

Yes, I said she gave him a helicopter. Well, actually she leased it for him, so we can only begin to imagine how much that's setting her back per month.


And it sounds like this thing is pretty darn swanky, considering it seats up to seven passengers and has a chic leather interior.

From here on out, Kate Middleton and Prince George definitely won't be roughing it when they have to attend various royal engagements -- though I have to wonder if there's more to this helicopter than meets the eye.

Last week, there was a rumor going around saying that Kate wants to move to Anmer Hall versus remaining at Kensington Palace in London. If that's the case, however, the family will reside a good 100 miles from the city, so it would make sense for the Queen to hook them up with a faster mode of transportation so they never arrive fashionably late.

And supposedly other members of the royal family will be allowed to use Kate and Wills' new chopper too, though something tells me the whole reason they need it in the first place is because they are going to be spending quite a bit of time away from the city.

Stay tuned, folks. There's a good chance that by the end of the summer, Kate may just get her wish of raising Prince George in the countryside. And hey, at least she'll be able to fly over to her new digs instead of roughing it in a royal limo, or whatever.

Do you think this gift is a bit too over-the-top?


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