What’s Going On In The Palace
Whether you love them, hate them, or are just plain indifferent, you cannot help but have noticed that the British Royal family have been making more appearances than usual in headlines across the globe. On the 22nd July 2013, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their first child and future heir to the throne; he only weighs 8lb and he already knows what he’s going to be when he grows up.
But, without getting ahead of ourselves, what will he be wearing? After all, he’s going to have a busy schedule on his hands, and considering how focused the hawkish eye of the fashion empire has been upon his mother, and indeed, upon his late grandmother before her, he’s got a great deal to live up too. He’s been a very well-dressed, well-photographed bump up until now, and being born is no excuse to let standards slip.
As if preparing to be King and living up to his forbearer’s stylistic example wasn’t enough pressure for new-born shoulders, he’s also got his own, increasingly modern, generation to keep up with; those royal children of the tabloid empire, who themselves have to live up to standards set by celebrity parents.
One such example comes from the alternative British Royal family, King David and Queen Victoria of The Beckhams. Their youngest child Harper, who recently reached the grand old age of two, already has several blogs dedicated to her style, and was last year voted ‘Britain’s Most Stylish Baby;’ not really a surprise, considering her genes. Her elder brothers are also exhibiting their parents’ flair for sleek, well-tailored fashion, and indeed, middle son Romeo recently made his modelling debut in Burberrys 2013 spring/summer campaign.
However, the Beckhams are not the only royal family on the catwalks and the red carpets; Hollywood King and Queen, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, have six children to dress, all of whom are already developing individual styles on their own. However, it is perhaps their second daughter, Shiloh, who makes the biggest statement, with her tomboy style consisting of anything from suits to her elder brother’s hand-me-downs. She is often contrasted with Suri Cruise, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who is of the same age, but who prefers make-up, heels, and the frilliest of dresses, all of which she has allegedly been selecting for herself since she was two years old.
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s little prince, Kingston, probably wouldn’t be seen dead in royal robes, unless they were ripped, pinned, and accompanied by peroxide hair, sneakers, and maybe a hat. He’s a little rockstar in the making – perhaps future inspiration for the British prince’s teenage rebellion?
For, although he may grow up on caviar rather than on the red carpet, the latest little royal will in some ways spend more time in the diamond-encrusted spotlight than his celebrity counterparts. He will live as his family have lived, playing out his life for the benefit of cameras, politicians and eccentric British royalists, and as such will surely become an icon in his own right. Although it’s unlikely that we’ll see the future heir to the throne dancing across the pages of Vogue or dying his hair on a daily basis, there can be no doubt that he will be stamping his regal seal of sartorial approval across what little princes and princesses are wearing for years to come.