Every grandmother loves to shop for her grandchildren, but when you are the grandmother of the most prominent little royals in the world, your purchases can get a little more attention than usual. I received an anonymous tip that Carole had purchased the dress for Charlotte, in which case E! might have had a bigger exclusive than they thought:
Carole was spotted shopping at Trotters in beginning of October. E! ran an article about it at the time, noting:
Carole traveled to Kings Road where she stopped in a variety of kid-friendly stores including Trotters Childrenswear. While her final purchases remain a mystery, we couldn't help but spy Carole checking out the sweaters and dresses near the front of the store. She would later leave with a large shopping bag from the family-owned business that promises "top to toe" fashion for children.I remember thinking we'd never get to see the sweet little ensembles she has chosen, but that might not be the case! Carole can be seen in this picture from E! perusing the merchandise, and right at the bottom left of the screen you can see what some think is Charlotte's darling little dress.
I think it looks close, but I do not think it is a match for two reasons.
The first is that Charlotte's dress appears to be a single unit. The ruffle of the collar has the same piping as the pattern of the dress, so I think it is attached rather than a separate blouse:
Secondly, and this is a little harder to tell, I think this is a brighter print than the Trotters dress:
I do, however, think that the dress is similar enough to other pieces in the store (and online) that it could very well be from Trotters, although I have not found anything online that matches. I know many of you out there have very sharp eyes for fashion, so if you think you have a tip, fill me in! I know that the ladies over at Prince George's Pieces are working hard on this, too. Emily Andrews seems to have correctly IDed the stuffed animal, at least. It is a Jellycat Fuddlewuddle Puppy.
I have several friends who have had baby girls recently, so I would love some direction on royal baby clothes to get them started on the right path. :) Hopefully the Kate community can solve the mystery. If you are just tuning in today, pop by the earlier post featuring the newly released photos of Princess Charlotte compliments of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.