Since the Middle Ages, wedding anniversary gifts have been determined by how long the couple have been married. The tradition of wedding anniversaries dates back to the Medieval German empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on the 25th anniversary of their wedding and a gold wreath on their 50th.
In the Commonwealth realms, the Queen sends out messages for 60th, 65th
and 70th wedding anniversaries. To get your special message,
you can apply to Buckhingham Palace (for UK residents) or the
Governor-General’s office (other Commonwealth realms).
Fabrics, natural materials and flowers are among the extensive list of traditional presents. Wood, for example, is traditionally given for the 5th wedding anniversary, which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are celebrating today.
Here is a list of the traditional gifts given for each wedding anniversary by year: