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8 Perfect First Birthday Gifts for Prince George

Monday, July 14th, 2014

It seems like just yesterday that the whole world was waiting for the little kiddo dubbed the “Royal Baby” to be born. There were tons of questions: When would Kate go into labor? Would she welcome a boy or a girl? Would she and Prince William name their child something classic or surprise us all?

Even though a year has passed, people are just as in love with Baby George as ever. Parents only wish their little princes and princesses were among his playmates, and news outlets can’t stop snapping photos of the charismatic cutie.

While we’d eagerly drop everything to attend George’s actual birthday celebration, it doesn’t look like such an adventure is in the cards. Instead, we’ve rounded up a few items that would make suitable presents for the Royal One-Year-Old (or, if you’re feeling super spirited, for your own little prince or princess!). Click on the images below to shop.

The wheels on the (double decker) bus go round and round! Help accustom baby to his George’s neighborhood with this cute stroller toy that looks just like the iconic London buses. ($13, Mamas & Papas

So what if Baby was born with a silver spoon in his mouth? He’ll still get great use out of this aquatic-inspired Reed & Barton silverware set. It’s never to early to brush up on table manners, especially if dinner with the Queen is on the calendar! ($35, Amazon.com

Even royals aren’t perfect! This bib will protect Baby’s clothing from spills while reminding him of his true…or desired…identity. (£4.99, Jo’s Baby Gifts)

Georgie is still an only child, so live-in playmates will have to come in the form of furry friends for now. Support Mum and Dad’s alma mater with this cute teddy. (£16, University of St. Andrews store

Will George grow to love corgis like his great-grandmother? For now, he can dazzle her with this fun one-piece. ($30, Zazzle.com

There’s no place like home. Jazz up your British-themed nursery with a picture of George’s abode (the prints come in both blue and pink). ($44, Etsy.com

Even future rulers should save their pennies! This Jonathan Adler piggy bank is perfect for kings-to-be (there’s a queen design, too!). ($78, YoYo.com)

This Prince William night light comes in a classic pattern suitable for a little royal, plus it’s named after Dad! ($31, Wayfair.com

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A Royal Family Photo

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013


The first officially released photograph of the royal family since the birth of Prince George was taken by Michael Middleton, Kate’s father, in the Middleton’s garden. The family looks comfortable and casual — there’s not a bejeweled item to be seen — in the photograph, which was taken in early August, and features a sleeping Prince George, as well as dogs Tilly and Lupo. Kate’s wearing a brightly colored dress, and William has on a button-down shirt with jeans. The family’s natural, unstaged pose in the photo is somewhat reminiscent of a picture of William at just nine-months-old, on a trip with his parents to Australia.

Planning a family pic of your own? We’ve got tips on what to wear in your family photo to make your pictures frame-worthy.

Image Credit: Michael Middleton/PA Wire

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Rosie to the Rescue: A Nursery Fit for a Prince!

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.

Celebrate the arrival of the royal baby with a look back at Kate’s pregnancy, marriage, and more!

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Celebs React to the Royal Baby’s Name on Twitter

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

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Buy the Royal Baby’s Car Seat

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

When we saw Prince William carrying his son out of the hospital in a car seat, we had to know what brand the new parents chose for their  baby. (We were also quite impressed with William’s car seat-installing capabilities.) It wasn’t long before we pinned down the product: Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat in an all-black style.

Lucky for your little princes and princesses, this car seat is available at Shop Parents for just $134.99. If this royal baby has any impact on baby gear like his mother does on fashion, this car seat will be flying off the shelves in no time.

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Baby Cambridge’s Debut With Kate and William: Royal Baby News

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Baby Cambridge debuts with Kate Middleton and Prince WilliamKate Middleton and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital today to debut their new baby prince. “It’s very emotional,” said new mom Kate, “It’s such a special time. I think any parent would know what this feeling feels like.”

According to William, they’re still debating names for their new son, but the proud new dad said that we’ll know when they know.

Beyond Kate looking amazing (I’d heard rumors that her beloved hair dresser had arrived at the hospital earlier today, and her locks were of course in perfect form), both parents seemed so super happy—and actually eager to share their little one with the world. In fact, Prince William took a front-and-center role in the brief interview they granted the throngs of long-waiting press.

When a reporter asked if they’d already changed the royal baby’s first “nappy” (that’s “diaper” in American speak!), Kate revealed that not only had her husband, Prince William, been present for Baby Cambridge’s birth (sadly, a historic event for the royals!), but that he also changed his son’s first diaper. Perhaps the royals are finally catching up to the rest of the world when it comes to hands-on fatherhood!

Although we didn’t get a good look at the (possibly) future King’s little face, William joked that “he’s got her looks, thankfully,” and that in the hair department, Baby Cambridge has “way more than me, thank God!”

To top off the new-dad offensive, Prince William showed the world that he knows how to handle a car seat (sexy, right ladies?!) and then, perhaps setting the stage for a far more modern royal family, he drove his new family home himself. No chauffeur in site. Love. It.

Take a look back at the Royal pregnancy, Kate and Will’s romance, and more with our Royal Baby slideshow.

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#RoyalBaby Reactions on Social Media

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

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Social Media Anticipates the #RoyalBaby

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

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