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Friday 24 February 2017

The woman who put Prince George on Best Dressed list

Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

George with his parents and sister arriving in Canada at the weekend. Photo by Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images
George with his parents and sister arriving in Canada at the weekend. Photo by Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images

Step aside, Kate, it's now the Prince George and Princess Charlotte style show.

The two tiny British royals are a major focus of attention on the family's eight-day official visit to Canada and there is particular interest in 16-month-old Princess Charlotte as this is her first tour with several public engagements including a children's tea party.

Designer Rachel Riley
Designer Rachel Riley

One name on everyone's lips is children's wear designer Rachel Riley, who contributed to putting Prince George on the 'GQ' Best Dressed list. Rachel, who has Irish roots dating to her grandfather, designed the navy sailboat dungarees that the Duchess of Cambridge chose for her son's first ever official royal engagement, in New Zealand in 2014.

Rachel, who is coming to Dublin next Saturday to host three children's wear shows at the four-day Arnotts Style Sessions in the Henry Street store, was the designer responsible for the white shirt and shorts that George wore for his sister's first portrait, and she was also responsible for the red and ivory smocked 'buster suit' that the prince wore for Princess Charlotte's christening in July 2015. The buster suit sparked a wave of interest in classic styles, some of which date back almost 100 years.

Speaking to the Irish Independent in advance of her visit to Dublin, Rachel said: "It has always been delightful for me to see Prince George wearing any of our outfits, I couldn't be more thrilled. I've always loved dressing children in beautiful things and, of course, every child is their parents' own little prince or princess."

While George has worn Rachel's clothes at key formal occasions, royal watchers predict his little sister might make her Riley debut in Canada in a rose- smocked dress and matching bloomers.

A former model with three grown-up children, Rachel's royal patronage has added to her international profile and the balance sheet of her London company. Celebrity fans include Harper Beckham and Suri Cruise, and both were recently spotted wearing Rachel's 'conversational' print dresses.

A big fan of child- and age-appropriate' dressing, Rachel said: "Childhood is such a short time, they grow up so quickly.

"Children have plenty of time later to be wearing jeans or 'mini me' leather jackets or other trends that might be suitable for adults. Childhood is such a fleeting moment, that for me, it seems a real treat to be able to enjoy that moment while they are little."

Prince George at the christening of his sister Charlotte in July 2015. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Prince George at the christening of his sister Charlotte in July 2015. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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