Princes William and George with Duchess Catherine

Princes William and George with Duchess Catherine

Politicians have suggested giving Prince George a cricket bat or tennis racket as a christening present.

Members of Parliament in the House of Commons in London have been debating what would be a "decent" gift to get for the royal - who was born on July 22 - and despite the little one being just a few weeks old, sports equipment has proved to be a popular idea.

Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry suggested to Commons Leader Andrew Lansley that MPs should be able to offer a present to mark the little one's upcoming christening.

He said: "Could you give some thought to possibly affording an opportunity to MPs to subscribe to a decent christening present for the young Prince George of Cambridge, something he could use in later childhood such as a really good cricket bat?"

Commons Speaker John Bercow said: "Could I offer a manuscript amendment, namely a tennis racket or possibly both?"

Conservative MP Jason McCartney said: "May I suggest a rugby ball as a christening present with the rugby league World Cup getting under way in just 50 days time?"

Mr. Lansley replied: "If I might say, given what you were saying earlier ... not just a rugby ball but also a racing bike - since the Tour de France will be going through Cambridge as well - might be particularly appropriate."

The House will officially congratulate Prince William and Duchess Catherine on the birth of their first child during a humble address on Monday (09.09.13).