Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Now that the royal baby, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, is here, our curiosity is certainly not satiated. What type of parents will Prince William and Duchess Kate be? When will George’s mum resume official duties? Who will be the royal nanny?
And of course: What will the nursery look like?
I’m not sure when or whether we will ever get a glimpse into the royal nursery, but we can take some pretty good guesses about what it will look like, and how it might inspire the future nurseries of those wanting a royal theme. Not one adorned with crown motifs and royal crests, but a nursery in the classic, understated, elegant and always traditional style of Kate and William.
Royal nurseries of old, like one inhabited by Victoria’s children, were quiet, unimaginative, and resembled just another room in the palace, except with a crib and maybe a rocking horse. (This pretty much sums up the involvement of previous monarchs in their children’s young lives.) Others were sparse and a far cry from today’s baby-centric and baby-safe nurseries. The pictures we see of Prince Charles in his crib would certainly be frowned upon by today’s safety standards. And there was little thought of stimulating the baby growing in this formal and stiff room, nor of the comfort of his or her mother. So what can we surmise the prince’s nursery might look like for today’s royal family?
We know Kate was antiquing like crazy in the days towards the end of her pregnancy, and her dedication to high-low shopping is a philosophy I’m positive will carry over into baby-gear shopping. So I imagine there will be both precious gems and sustainable bargains mixed together in an understated but elegant room, reflecting their mission all along to put baby first.
So what will be in the nursery?
It’s traditional to see rocking horses and handmade doll houses in nurseries, despite the nursery’s occupant not being able to ride or play with either for some time.
Dragons of Walton Street has famously made cribs and nursery furniture painted with Beatrix Potter characters like Peter Rabbit and other traditional baby designs. Princess Diana used them to furnish William’s nursery, and many celebrities from Madonna to Gwenyth Paltrow are fans of the brand. It is possible that Kate will make some kind of nod to Princess Diana’s taste with some nostalgic furniture for William.
Kate may adorn the chairs with blankets hand knitted in Welsh wool as another subtle nod to Diana, Princess of Wales. Perhaps we’ll see a glimpse of the Welsh blankets on a stroll through Hyde Park with one of Kate’s lavish strollers!
While Kate has been said to have bought a blue Bugaboo, royals before her used the Silver Cross traditional prams for baby’s transport—perhaps she’ll have both. And Silver Cross recently collaborated with Aston Martin for a state-of-the-art stroller fit for a prince!
One of the cutest decor suggestions I’ve heard: a mobile replica of Prince William’s helicopter to keep the baby occupied while his diaper is being changed!
When it comes to fashion, again Kate will almost certainly adopt her high-low strategy that has made her aspirational yet so relatable to her loyal following. While Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen may be rumored to be making a christening gown, possibly with a Philip Treacy bonnet and Church’s royal-crest-embroidered slippers. Maybe a touch of Marie-Chantal, BonPoint and Jacadi will also adorn the Prince’s wardrobe, but I also expect to see labels like H&M and Zara and other high street brands.
All in all, both in wardrobe and interior design this baby will almost certainly be sure to have a healthy marriage between the traditional and the new and updated, which so aptly reflects these royal parents.
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