Duchess Kate Baby Shower Not Likely To Happen, But Low-Key

There is no chance that Duchess of Cambridge will have a baby shower, even though there are reports that Kate Middleton is planning one, according to royal experts.

Besides the fact that baby showers are only just starting to catch on in the United Kingdom, there’s the “added pressure that they are clearly very wealthy, and a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate,” said Victoria Arbiter, ABC News Royal Expert. “There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”

In fact, any gifts given to the royal couple for the baby must be “respectfully returned.” There’s a possibility the couple instead request charitable donations, as they did in lieu of a wedding registry, she said.

So how is Kate going to get all the baby stuff she needs? She’ll likely shop less at high-end boutiques and more at stores British stores like Mamas and Papas, Arbiter said.

Olivia Robinson, creative director of the family-owned business, agreed baby registries — or “wish lists,” as they’re called in the U.K. — are far less popular than they are in the U.S., but it is customary for the baby’s grandparents to buy some big-ticket items, like the pushchair, or as we call it in the States, the stroller.

Robinson said she guessed the Duchess might opt for a stroller like the Urbo. “It’s practical and compact, easy to open. It’s a good choice for a busy mom.” And practicality is something that’s important to the royal family.

A big, lavish baby shower looks very unlikely, but if Pippa Middleton were to host anything for Kate, as rumor has it, it would be a very-low key gathering of close friends.

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