Striped dungarees, Peter Pan collars, smocked rompers, little knit cardigans – Prince George has been setting baby fashion trends since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first welcomed him into the world last year.
His wardrobe, a mix of old-fashioned traditional and modern vintage, is what we preferred for our own kids when they were bitty – embroidered poplin trousers, fine-wale corduroy overalls, hand-knit cardigans, marled rompers, sweet knit dresses, and tiny hi-top leather shoes are all tucked away in tissue for their own children to wear one day – and three new official photos of the mini royal (now 16 months old) released in time for Christmas by the Prince William and Duchess Kate pretty much prove that in 2006 and 2008 respectively, we were ahead of our time.
The little prince is pictured on the stone steps of London’s Kensington Palace, his brown “Middleton eyes” shining and his rosy cheeks reminding us of a toddling Prince William, wearing a white collared bodysuit, corduroy bloomers, navy sweater vest embroidered with marching guardsmen, navy knee socks, and leather t-strap shoes.
And while Prince George is a thoroughly modern child for sure – during the royal couples visit to New York last week, Prince William shared that the little prince is all about his parents’ iPad – but we love that his timeless look hearkens back to something Prince Charles might have worn in the 50s.
George, along with their royal highnesses, will spend Christmas Day with the royal family at Sandringham, where they’re expected to attend the church service at St Mary Magdalene Church.
Royal sources made clear that the Duke and Duchess shared the images of the little royal in gratitude that “their request for Prince George to grow up without intrusion from photography has been, and continues to be, honored.”
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British mums have been able to get their hands on some High Street copies of Prince George’s pretty pieces, (his Cath Kidston sweater vest has just been restocked by the way), so we combed the internets for sweet swaps you can get stateside – at a savings:
We can’t wait to see what the newest Cambridge (due April 2015) will wear, and are kind of hoping it’s a girl. Because if we like the vintage look now, just wait until the Duchess reimagines it for a tiny princess.
British bookies are all leaning toward Victoria, Elizabeth and Alexandra as the current baby name faves (Arthur and James for a boy), but we’re calling Winter, namely because it’s our daughter’s name, and because we correctly called George way before anyone else. Just so you know.
Photo credits: Kensington Palace (Prince George only)