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A princely Christmas offering for royal enthusiasts

Prince Charles’ Duchy Originals has introduced its 2013 gourmet basket for the Christmas season.

Available for the princely sum of £475, the Christmas Gourmet Hamper is full of organic food and drink from Prince Charles’ Highgrove Estate. Each hamper is stuffed with 34 Christmas goodies, including some of the Prince’s personal favourites.

Among those are Christmas pudding, which comes with its own china basin, Christmas cake, Christmas spiced biscuits, Christmas preserve, brandy butter and cranberry sauce. The hamper also contains two bottles of champagne, three bottles of wine, organic gin, vodka, sloe gin and Hedgerow liqueur.

For those with a more expensive taste, the Christmas Gourmet Hamper includes a ballotin of champagne truffles, a large jar of Duke of Rothesay Marmalade and a bottle of the Prince’s Ginger Liqueur. It also has spiced fruit chutney in a Kilner jar, onion marmalade and tomato relish.

In addition to these, there is a £12 pot of strawberry and champagne preserve in the hamper. According to the website, it is “made using the finest organic strawberries and Marc de Champagne” and cooked gently by hand in open copper kettles exclusively for Highgrove. The hamper also comes with a Prince of Wales teabag caddy, containing 40 teabags.

A spokesperson for Highgrove said, “Our collection of festive hampers and gift sets are filled with organic food and drink made to our unique recipes and, where possible, uses seasonal produce from the Highgrove gardens and farm.”

The products come packed in a wicker basket, an environmentally friendly alternative to the plastic bags normally used to carry shopping. A range of less expensive hampers are also available, with the cost ranging from £50 for the Taste of Christmas Hamper to £225 for the Christmas at Highgrove Hamper.

These hampers can be purchased online on the Highgrove website. They are also available in the local store Waitrose, which stocks Prince Charles’ Duchy Original products.

All the profits from the sale of these hampers go to the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation. The Foundation was set up by the Prince of Wales in 1979 and is essentially a grant making trust. In addition, it aims to use the money raised by its trading subsidiaries through the sale of goods to support a wide range of charitable causes and projects and make a strategic impact for good.

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