As we await the Royal news amidst speculation and with heightened anticipation – will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have another Boy George or is a new little Princess on the cards? The worldwide interest surrounding the latest Royal birth is staggering, played out in the open outside Paddington’s St Mary’s Hospital as international media, royalty fans, the public, retailers and manufacturers converge and await the birth. I bet the political parties will be delighted at this Royal distraction in the run-up to the general elections as media frenzy will be at an all-time high, if her Royal Highness’ due date extends beyond May 7th!
So with the new Royal due anytime, there’s been huge speculation about what name will reign. All bets are on and top of the scores for our new Princess is ‘Alice’ meaning ‘noble’ which features on both sides of Kate and William’s family trees. I think the Royal couple will choose a traditional name to complement George.
Elizabeth, of course features heavily as not only is it Kate’s middle name but poignantly it was also Princess Diana’s middle name as well as coincidentally being Carole Middleton’s name (and of course it’s mine too!) and not forgetting both our Queen and the Queen Mother. So I would say that a favourite is going to be ‘Alice Elizabeth Diana’. Michael Middleton’s female family names also follow tradition with names like Emily, Constance, Mary, Charlotte and Jane which can all be traced back along the Middleton lineage. Mary features on William’s side along the Royal line together with Victoria so it will be interesting to see what name the couple choose.
Let’s hope that whether the Royal baby is a girl or a boy, Prince George is not affected too much leaving him ‘sul-king’! Toddlers can experience incredible sibling jealously and feel unsettled when a new baby arrives. I am sure Kate and William won’t neglect George and will make sure he doesn’t feel left out – when my daughter was born, we made sure that our son (who was the same age as George) was equally made a fuss of and she even arrived with her own present for him which left him thanking her (if only short-lived) for his brand new trike.
Kate & George Effect
Whatever, the sex or the name, the world will be looking at the new baby as well as scrutinising Kate – when the couple appeared outside St Mary’s Lindo Wing with Baby George, the USA brand Aden + Anais’ website crashed with thousands of shoppers trying to purchase the muslin swaddle he was wrapped in. Within nine days the brand sold 7,000 of the bird-print cloth which retailed for £44.95. The brand’s founder, Raegan Moya-Jones, said: “We are truly grateful and so delighted that the couple chose to debut the Prince in Aden + Anais. It is such an honour.”
“What has been really lovely about the Prince George effect is that people have come into our shops simply to talk about Prince George. They may not even buy anything. It has all been very joyous.”
Another British childwear designer Rachel Riley has become a staple of the Prince George wardrobe. When the Prince crawled to the world stage on his first official tour to Australia and New Zealand in her nautical inspired dungarees, there was a stampede to bag the apparel. Riley later said: “When I heard the Duchess was expecting a baby I designed a heritage collection, I have always looked at the Royal family for inspiration because we are a British company producing clothes with a traditional aesthetic.”
“What has been really lovely about the Prince George effect is that people have come into our shops simply to talk about Prince George. They may not even buy anything. It has all been very joyous.” The ‘Kate effect’ is already a well established phenomenon amongst British retailers with anything the Duchess adorns flying off the clothes rails with Prince George rapidly acquiring a reputation for shifting baby-grows and cute pull-overs.
Royal Mint Coins
For this Royal Birth, two thousand and fifteen UK babies born on the same day as the new Royal Baby will be given a Lucky Silver Penny struck with the year of their birth as well as the new portrait of the Queen. Crossing a palm with silver has traditionally symbolised wealth and good health for the rest of their life – although of course, not as lucky as a Silver Spoon!
Shane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint said: “The birth of the new royal baby will be a joyous occasion not just for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but also for the whole nation, as we prepare to celebrate another remarkable milestone in their life journey together. However, it will also be a special day for many mothers and fathers across the country as they too welcome the arrival of their new babies, hence why we wanted to extend this historical moment to them with a unique and timeless gift that can be treasured for years to come.”
Parents wishing to claim their Silver Penny simply need to visit The Royal mint Facebook page and register the birth of their child. Parents have sixty days following the birth to obtain one of the 2,015 coins that are to be made available by The Royal Mint.
We also wonder if the Duchess will enter the ‘will she/won’t she’ breastfeed debate. With an announcement from Kensington Palace due any day now, even the most self-assured mums can find breastfeeding in public daunting. With that in mind Jules Canterbury, the founder of Britain’s luxury maternity lingerie company, Amoralia believes confidence is key when breastfeeding. This is not just dressing to impress but dressing to express too!
“Just because you are breastfeeding doesn’t mean you have to blend into the background.”
Canterbury advises new mothers to invest in maternity nursing tops and bras but also treat themselves to a beautiful new scarf or pashmina. She also urges nursing mothers to brave bold colours. “Just because you are breastfeeding doesn’t mean you have to blend into the background,” she adds. Whether boy or girl, we can anticipate blanket worldwide media coverage over this much anticipated birth and heave a collective sigh of relief after the delivery.
Liz Pilgrim is founder of Babye.co.uk –online maternity and baby boutique (established 2003). She is also a maternity brand agent, consultant and publisher of Maternity Buyer. You can follow her on Twitter.