Every new parent wants to give their child the very best in life, but when you’re a Royal mum and dad you are in the privileged position of being able to give your Princely progeny just that little bit extra…
Queen Elizabeth in her youth as Princess Lillibet was once gifted a giant wendy house by the people of Scotland; her very first property all to herself, at the tender age of six. A young Prince William once returned from school to find that Princess Diana had arranged for his teenage crushes Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbel to welcome him home on his arrival.
So what might the new generation of Royals have in store from their parents? William and Kate are known for their traditional, down-to-earth parenting style and fashion choices, while Harry and Meghan have become known for being a more modernising influence on the Royals.
We’ve picked out a few luxurious Royal baby items to suit both approaches…
The Silver Cross Pram
Starting off at the more traditional end, the Silver Cross Pram is a timeless design classic, and not dissimilar to the prams in which Queen Elizabeth II spent her infancy. This 140th anniversary edition of the Balmoral design is therefore a suitably Royal accoutrement not only in style, but in name too.
The La Perla Gold Edition Crib
Baby Archie would feel right at home in this extravagant crib and the newly-renovated environs of Frogmore Cottage. Its modern curves combined are plated with decidedly regal 18 carat gold, and its solid construction ensures that this would be an heirloom to be handed down from generation to generation. At €60,000 the price tag may bring a tear to the eye, but there’s nothing quite like a good night’s sleep – especially in the hectic life of a little Royal.
Baby clothes from Versace (or H&M)
Meghan is known to have a fondness for a designer label, and if Baby Archie is feeling especially ostentatious he might like to step out in this gold hibiscus print baby romper from Versace, its ornate gold patterning recalling the Baroque style of the French monarchs of yore. For more reserved sensibilities, the above top and trousers from H&M conjure up a traditionally elegant style with a high-street price tag – much like many of the outfits championed by Kate Middleton.
A Teddy Bear
Every baby – Royal or otherwise – needs their very own teddy bear, and the luxury market provides options for both modern and more traditional styles. The Dior teddy bear above left provides a more abstract take on the classic children’s toy for more-style conscious parents, while Steiff’s timeless teddy is a more conventional option that has remained constant for hundreds for years – as well as giving a nod to the Germanic heritage of the Royal family.
Dodo Dummy in Diamond and Pure Gold
Silence is truly golden (not to mention diamond-encrusted), with this 18 carat gold dummy from luxury nursery brand Suommo. Not only is it the most luxurious dummy in the world, but the teat can be removed and a chain attached so that it doubles up as a glamorous necklace – a unique piece of jewellery to be shared by both mother and child. At €100,000 we feel the taxpayer might justifiably have something to say about its purchase, but if we’re honest this piece is probably more Kardashian-esque bling than House of Windsor elegance.