Fit for a Prince or Princess: Royal Baby Shower

As soon as Kate Middleton announced her pregnancy this week, baby fever well and truly struck at House of Fraser! When we’re not guessing if it will be a girl or a boy, we are looking for what we would buy if we were invited to the Royal baby shower next year…

It’s a girl!

With a super style icon as a mother, Kate and William’s little lady will be a very well dressed baby girl! The classic Polo Ralph Lauren Velour Cream Smock Dress is perfect for a quick change after the Christening, as the classic design will be just right for the special day. Little Marc Jacobs has created a winning design with the super sweet navy mouse ballet shoes – these add the perfect amount of cuteness to a royal outfit. Stepping in her mothers footsteps, she will look right on trend as soon as she begins her exciting life when she wears the French Connection paisley dress set. And representing a British high street brand will be just what Kate wants, too! By injecting a touch of colour into her wardrobe, baby will be the main focus in the Petit Bateau yellow check dress. Combining a British pattern with a modern design, she will be the style focus for the year!

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It’s a boy!

Remember, his new wardrobe must be fit for a prince! Armani Junior offer an adorable yet equally as dapper babygrow in a neutral grey, which baby boy can wear when the new family are out and about in public, and the attached waistcoat completes the formal outfit perfectly. Every boy should have a special shirt, whatever his age – this classic red gingham Gant shirt can be worn either in the house or layered up if it’s chilly outside. Polo Ralph Lauren create a sophisticated yet casual outfit – the tartan polo and sweatpants offers a comfy alternative to a babygrow.

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Of course, the obvious gift of choice if you’re thinking of purchasing a toy would be princess related. Something which would be great for the future is the Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe, which is perfect for when the little princess is learning how to walk. Something aimed more towards developing the senses is the Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo. Great to keep him or her occupied while Mummy and Daddy are busy with interviews! Another princess-related toy which is wonderful for newborns is the La Maze P&G Princess – Hook onto the buggy and promote visual stimulation for the little royal.

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Amazing Accessories

Don’t forget about those all-important accessories for mother and baby! Ruby and Ginger’s all wrapped up set consists of a nappy purse, travel changing mat, refillable wipes case, toy tie and hooded towel. And with Dannii Minogue as a loyal customer, this is bound to be a great product! We’re not sure Kate will be sporting this, but we can see William wearing the Babybjorn Baby Carrier Miracle when strolling through the grounds of Clarance House. And not only is it great for all ages up to 15 months, but it also thinks of Mum and Dad’s back and hips too. The Minene Layla Changing Bag combines practicality with on-trend patterns, which is brilliant for toting around baby essentials while looking effortlessly chic in the process.

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Something for Mum

Kate Middleton is a classic style icon who loves to shop the high street. Don’t forget about her when picking your baby shower gifts, or if you’re not invited perhaps take some top fashion tips for the New Year. The gorgeous Almost Famous Cloud Print Wrap Dress comes in a beautiful navy blue pattern, and the simple yet chic design is very Middleton-esque. A classic court shoe is Kate’s number one choice when it comes to footwear, and the L.K Bennett Sledge taupe platform court shoe is simple yet elegant. The Linea Black Lace Skirt is perfect for daytime wear but can also be styled with heels and a glamorous top for an evening look, while the Helen McAlinden Grey Wrap Coat is simply beautiful – definitely something Kate would wrap up in for the winter months.

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Alice Carroll

I'm Alice, Al or, if you are the five year old me, Ice (yes, I did want to be a member of Kris Kross, and yes, I did wear my jeans backwards). Womenswear Editor at House of Fraser Online, I've grown out of backwards clothes and instead chose to invest my money in vintage sportswear and bomber jackets, while inking my body with unnecessary tattoos and rapping along to every word of The Streets - Original Pirate Material. My proudest moments were seeing a shoot I styled in my favourite magazine and getting a three-dart-finish in a game of darts. Oh, and Bart Simpson was my first crush.

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