The British Royals welcome a cute new addition to their family! The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a little girl on Friday, 4th June. “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world. Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA,” reads an official announcement.
Lili is named after her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and her late grandmother, Princess Diana. The Sussexes’ second child is now eighth in line to the British throne, after her 2-year-old brother Archie.
Whether they’re decked up in an old family heirloom or in an off-the-rack baby suit, the Windsor family kids have always set fashion trends. With the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s second child, let’s look at the style diaries of the junior royals.
Swaddled in white
As per tradition, Meghan bundles up first-born Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in a G.H. Hurt & Son’s Ivory White Leaves and Flowers Baby Shawl and Cashmere Baby Hat for his first public appearance. Starting with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s kids, to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s little ones, each baby was swaddled in shawls from G.H. Hurt & Son. The intricately detailed blanket is produced with 100% merino wool. It takes three days to produce and is crafted by eight pairs of skilled hands in a factory in Nottingham, England.
Christened in tradition
In another royal family custom, during his christening, little Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by the family’s infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe was made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin and was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841, and first worn by her eldest daughter. Subsequently, it was worn for generations of royal christenings, The Queen, her children and her grandchildren, all wore it. Until 2004, when the Queen commissioned this handmade replica to preserve the original fragile historic outfit.
Royals…they’re just like the rest of us!
They wear hand-me-downs too! In a photo of Princess Charlotte cradling her newborn brother Prince Louis, royal fans can spy a familiar blue sweater. The Fina Ejerique cardigan was previously worn by Prince George in an image to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday two years earlier.
Old is gold
Kate is the queen of recycling old outfits, her own as well as her kids’. The Duchess of Cambridge dresses her daughter in shiny, red buckled shoes that were the same as worn by Prince Harry at that age in 1986, more than 30 years ago. It’s an adorable royal tradition and Kate is frequently seen dressing her children in hand-me-downs from their father, Prince William, and now their uncle, Prince Harry.
On 2 May 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared photographs of Princess Charlotte taken by her mother in honour of her birthday. The princess looked cute as a button in a houndstooth print Zara dress, which needless to say, sold out immediately.
Like her sister-in-law, Meghan does not hesitate to dress her little one in affordable off-the-rack brands. On their royal tour of South Africa in 2019, during a visit with Archbishop Desmond Tutu the couple dressed their baby son in a casual light blue striped H&M dungarees set.
A Royal favourite
British designer Rachel Riley, is popular with the royal family, and preferred for formal portrait outfits. A pair of smocked sailboat dungarees, a shirt and cord short set with classic blue piping detail are just some of the popular styles worn by Prince George.