Apr 152014
 

The Royal Tour continued as the Royals returned to Wellington from their country getaway last Tuesday. It was an especially big day for Prince George. More from Gordon Rayner at The Telegraph:

Prince George took his first major royal engagement entirely in his stride, or in his crawl, to be precise, as he joined 10 other babies at the world’s most exclusive playgroup.

The eight-month-old showed that he has become mobile a full month earlier than his father did, as he crawled around a plush carpet littered with toys.

The occasion was a playdate organized by the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, simply called Plunket by most New Zealanders. The organization describes itself this way on its website:

We are New Zealand’s largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under 5. Plunket works together with families and communities, to ensure the best start for every child. Whānau āwhina – caring for families.

The Prince received his very own Plunket Bear, I think it may be bigger than he is.  

Governor General of New Zealand Facebook

Governor General of New Zealand Facebook

Prince George was also given his own Well Baby book, something all parents and children receive.

Plunket New Zealand

Plunket New Zealand

But there was more to the appearance than might meet the eye. Back to Gordon Rayner’s story:

The idea of the engagement was to give the royal couple the opportunity to introduce George to the world in a less formal way than usual and swap anecdotes about the trials of being first-time parents.

Prince George was very stylish for his first official engagement, spot-on when it comes to this spring’s nautical trend.

Photography by Woolf/Crown Copyright

Photography by Woolf/Crown Copyright

He wore a Sailboat Smocked Dungaree in navy & ivory from Rachel Riley, a British luxury brand.

Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley

The piece is 100% cotton, it has an elasticized waist and adjustable straps on the back. It sells for $129 in the United States and £75 in the UK. While the company is headquartered in England there is a Rachel Riley store in the US, in New York. Beneath the darling smocked piece it is believed the Prince was wearing a Milo bodysuit by Chelsea Clothing Company, from Trotters.  Our thanks toHRH Prince George Pieces for letting us know about his darling Dungaree and the Bodysuit.

Milo Bodysuit at Trotters

Milo Bodysuit at Trotters

HRH wore the Early Days Pre-Walker in navy leather (£27, about $45) for his big outing.

George navy Leather Childrensalon

Early Days Pre-Walker

Previously George wore the same shoe, but in the brand’s ivory leather. Both are described as “Early Days traditional pre-walker leather shoes with a flexible sole and a comfortable lightly padded insole. This heritage style is perfect for when the traditional English look is required.” We spoke with Childrensalon founder and CEO, Michele Harriman-Smith, about the young royal and the shoes.

We are very proud to see Prince George wearing the shoes; we can’t confirm that this pair came from us, we think he looks absolutely adorable. We love the classical British styling. They are made by a small Company up north, who we have known for 30 years at least!

The shoes are sold under different style names in some shops, George’s shoes are the Alex Pre-Walker at Trotters (£24.99, about $42 at today’s exchange rates), although it doesn’t appear Trotters currently stocks the ivory version.

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With thanks to the intrepid Stephanie Dahle for the tip, it turns out Prince George’s kangaroo backpack is from the Save the Koala Shop, it retailed at $12.50. Once word got out that it was popular with a certain Prince the product sold out quickly. (To be entirely factual we have not seen HRH with the backpack, Prince William was carrying it.)  

Save the Koala Shop

Save the Koala Shop

The shop is part of the Australian Koala Foundation, dedicated to saving and managing Australia’s koala population. However, if interested in acquiring one for your little prince or princess, fear not: you can now order/pre-order the backpack. From an updated product page:

“Good enough for royalty, this kangaroo toy back pack is owned by Prince George and has sold out in most stores, but we have plenty in stock and more expected shortly.”

One FYI: the price has gone up, it is now $14.95.

We have a look at some of Prince George’s recent magazine covers, the first is Majesty.

Majesty Magazine

Majesty Magazine

Hello! Canada showcased the Dutchess and Prince.

Hello!

Hello!

And this is via New Zealand’s Governor-General.

Photography by Woolf/Crown Copyright

Photography by Woolf/Crown Copyright

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  2 Responses to “Prince George is Nautical for Plunket Playdate”

  1. Excellent work, Susan! And I love this new site. You are tireless, and to our benefit!!

  2. Awww, thank you Stephanie! I think we’ll have oodles of fun here. :)

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