July 23, 2013
A wee historic royal baby exhibition
As many of you know, London is one of my favourite cities in the world, due in no small part to its extraordinary layers of history. So it’s no surprise that as much as I adore the British Museum, the Museum of London is one of my favourite places to immerse myself in the history of the city, where London is absolute centrepiece.
To celebrate the birth of Baby Cambridge, the museum has dug into its considerable archives to curate a fascinating collection of royal baby garments and accessories, spanning a period of 400 years of UK history.
There is a small but beautifully curated array of royal baby clothes and accessories, including a delicately embroidered skullcap worn by Charles I, a nursing robe thought to be used by Queen Victoria, and baby shoes emblazoned with the three feather insignia of her eldest son, Prince Albert Edward (later Edward VII).
It’s a brilliant insight into how royalty dressed their babies over the years (pointy shoes and all), and as far as teeny-tiny baby clothes go, it’s a wee sweetie of an exhibition.