Royal Baby Fashion History On Display: Just In Time Before Will And Kate Welcome First Child

Category: Media & Culture / Jun 28, 2013 5:26PM EDT

As the world anticipates the birth of the newest royal baby in London, a collection of clothing and shoes worn by some of the expected baby's ancestors went on display on Friday (June 28).

The exhibition called 'A Royal Arrival' delves into the Museum of London's collection to showcase baby clothes, shoes and memorabilia worn by royal babies in centuries gone by. Becky Gilmore from the Museum of London commented on the impressive historic collection

"The Museum of London is marking the momentous occasion of a third heir to the throne being born imminently by bringing out a number of objects from its collection that the public have never seen before and they are intimately connected to this new royal baby. They take us back to his great, great, great, great, great grandmother Queen Victoria and beyond,"

Objects on show include a delicately embroidered skullcap worn by an infant Charles I. Other pieces include a tiny linen vest embroidered with a crown and a small lace mitten belonging to George III.

"There's particularly lovely details we can see with these, for example written inside, handwritten in ink presumably by a nanny or a servant of some sort, is P Wales, Prince of Wales, so we know for definite these belonged to Albert Edward,"

The exhibition runs until October 2013 and many of the items have not gone on display before.