When Clare Grove, author of the My Mummy Loves… children’s book series, reached out to us about sending a book to Princess Charlotte, we immediately fell in love with her and her books. The British-bred author and illustrator was inspired by her love of shoes to write a book for her daughter, and the series was born. During the celebrations of Princess Charlotte’s birth, Clare knew that Kate would love to share the story with her daughter, too!
When Clare told us that one of the book’s illustrations was inspired by Kate (and feature a repliKate!), we knew our readers would love the books for their little princesses (and princes!). Read on to learn more about Clare, Kate, and the books:
WWKD: Tell us about the My Mummy Loves series!
CG: I had always dreamed of writing and illustrating a series of children’s books and when Sienna, my first daughter was 7 years old I turned the dream into a reality and self-published my first book, My Mummy Loves Shoes. It really was a now or never moment. My girls have always loved dressing up and trying on my shoes and I wanted to create a fashion inspired book with watercolour illustrations that mothers could read with their little ones. I didn’t want to make it too long (there’s nothing worse at bedtime!) so kept the story line simple and added a Where’s Wally? style hunt with the little red shoe throughout the pages in the shoe book, and items from mummy’s handbag in the pages of the bag book. This feature of the books has been a huge success and I’m often receiving message from gorgeous mothers saying that their children look through the books time and time again and won’t leave the house without them!
WWKD: What made you decide to send a copy of your book to the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte?
CG: I had heard that the Duchess doesn’t accept gifts and it’s incredibly hard to get the palace to even look at anything that’s been sent but I thought, I have nothing to lose so I’m just going to give it a go. I haven’t heard anything back yet, but if the books don’t get passed onto Catherine, I’m hoping they will be given to charity.
WWKD: How would you describe your personal style?
CG: It’s very hard trying to describe my own style, but I’d like to think I dress classically with a little bit of a twist.
WWKD: Have you been inspired by Kate’s style?
CG: I love the way Kate dresses, and think she always looks incredibly chic and stylish. I’m a huge fan of the Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress so it’s lovely seeing the Duchess carry that off so beautifully. She is also a great supporter of British fashion designers which I admire. I’d love to see her in a pair of Charlotte Olympia shoes though, wouldn’t that be amazing!
WWKD: Has that inspiration made its way into your books?
CG: Yes! The DVF wrap dress that Kate wears features in the London pages of My Mummy Loves Bags. The iconic Selfridges building is illustrated behind the mother and daughter as they hail a black cab.
WWKD: In your opinion, what is it that makes Kate such a fashion icon?
CG: I think she’s a true English beauty and comes across as someone likeable and down to earth, and I love the way she has a sense of humor.
WWKD: Are there any fashion brands for Prince George and Princess Charlotte that you would recommend to Kate?
CG: There are so many talented Kiwi and Australian children’s clothing companies that have been started by mothers. I follow these incredible women on Instagram and they inspire me every day. I’d love George and Charlotte to be seen in some of these clothes. They don’t have that typical traditional British look of knee high socks or a romper suit but I don’t think it would hurt to let the Prince and Princess wear something a little different once in a while.
To celebrate WWKD’s birthday, Clare has created two custom prints – specially for our readers! Here’s the details:
One lucky winner will received a one-of-a-kind original “Hats, Bags and Shoes” print, hand painted by Clare Grove
A second lucky winner will receive a one-of-a-kind original “Kate, Charlotte and Lupo” print, hand painted by Clare Grove
A third lucky winner will receive a one-of-a-kind original English Rose set of stationery (12 notecards and envelopes), hand painted by Clare Grove
The contest is open internationally. The three winners will be selected on September 27 and will be contacted via e-mail. Best of luck!
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