Wel­come el­come to the A-list bratat pack, Cam­bridge am­bridge #3

With so many of the Duke and Duchess’s cir­cle hav­ing young fam­i­lies of their own, the palace’s lat­est ar­rival will never want for well-con­nected com­pany, says Emily Knighton

The Sunday Telegraph - - Front page -

Though the due date is se­cret, one thing is cer­tain: with two older sib­lings al­ready tear­ing around Apart­ment 1A at Kens­ing­ton Palace, when the third Baby Cam­bridge fi­nally ar­rives this month, they aren’t ever likely to be bored. Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte’s an­tics will pro­vide a rolling spec­ta­cle – which is lucky, given that the Duchess of Cam­bridge will have her hands too full to or­gan­ise any play dates or par­ties or forge new friend­ships at the lo­cal tod­dler group. As any par­ent of three chil­dren will re­port, the third is left to bring them­selves up.

When the time comes to find his/ her own friends, how­ever, Baby Cam­bridge won’t have to look far. Kate and Wil­liam’s close-knit posse of school and univer­sity friends have been busily pro­cre­at­ing to pro­duce a ready-made en­tourage for the new­est ar­rival. Plus there are all the royal cousins and chil­dren of palace of­fi­cials.

There will be one stum­bling block, how­ever – as a fam­ily of five, the Cam­bridges will be black-balled by those who have stayed safe with one or two sprogs. As house guests they’ll be deemed too noisy, too un­wieldy and the pur­veyor of too many sticky fin­gers. Kate, there­fore, will be cam­paign­ing hard for besties such as Emilia Jar­dinePater­son, Prince Ge­orge’s god­mother, to wel­come an­other. Not just for the sake of baby #3’s gang, but for her own so­cial life.

Maud, four, and Is­abella Wind­sor, two

Dis­tant cousins Maud and Is­abella are al­ready thick as thieves with Ge­orge and Char­lotte, as their mother, So­phie, joins the Duchess of Cam­bridge at the school gates. Maud and Ge­orge are in re­cep­tion to­gether at Thomas’s Bat­tersea, and Kate and So­phie have spent the past few weeks bond­ing over Easter bon­net pa­rades and whether it’s a track­suit or a uni­form day. By the time the lit­tlest Cam­bridge starts Thomas’s, Char­lotte and Is­abella will be there, too – no mess­ing with Baby C, then.

Arlo Gold­smith, seven months

Arlo’s daddy, Ben, was a year above Prince Wil­liam at Eton and is now an en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paigner and farmer, rather like Prince Charles. Baby Cam­bridge can look for­ward to house par­ties at their 200-acre Som­er­set eco farm: their friends in­clude Hugh Grant, Stephen Fry and Mick Jag­ger and Arlo’s mummy Jemima Jones, a for­mer lin­gerie model, is an ex­cep­tional cook; her cater­ing com­pany Tart Lon­don is the celebrity choice in the cap­i­tal.

Edie Wilkin­son, 18 months

Edie, daugh­ter of Olivia Hunt, who was once ro­man­ti­cally linked to Prince Wil­liam, is an­other po­ten­tial Lon­don pal for Baby Cam­bridge. The Hunts – Olivia’s fa­ther is a re­tired GP – have been fam­ily friends of the roy­als for decades. Edie will also be a source of great birth­day par­ties; her mummy, as head honcho at Chiltern Fire­house, knows how to make things go with a bang.

Mag­gie Chad­wyck-Healey, 23 months

Mag­gie’s mummy Vir­ginia Fraser, daugh­ter of Wil­liam Robert­son Fraser, 3rd Baron Strathal­mond, and her daddy, Oliver Chad­wyck-Healey, a buyer for Waitrose, are univer­sity friends of the Cam­bridges from St An­drews and still great mates. Mag­gie’s older sis­ter, Nancy, is a po­ten­tial match for Prince Ge­orge.

Lady Acony Lambton, five months

Acony’s par­ents, Ned, Earl of Durham and his wife Ma­rina, sis­ter of Mar­chioness Chol­monde­ley, are hard­par­ty­ing Kens­ing­ton neigh­bours of the Cam­bridges, and their son, Claud, is the same age as Princess Char­lotte. They’re worth keep­ing in with just for their hol­i­day home: Villa Ceti­nale is a 17th-cen­tury palace near Siena where Prince Charles has spent hol­i­days, as has Tony Blair.

Alexa Gal­liers-Pratt, two

Alexa’s mother Bella (née Mus­grave) is a Glouces­ter­shire friend of Prince Wil­liam; they dated for a while be­fore he went up to St An­drews. She is god­mother to the Hon Claud (above), so it’s all rather in­ces­tu­ous. The G-Ps were guests at Pippa’s wed­ding last year and are on the Cam­bridges’ din­ner party cir­cuit in Lon­don.

Stella Tollemache, 11 months

Stella is the daugh­ter of Ed­ward Tollemache, a banker and long­stand­ing fam­ily friend of Prince Wil­liam (he is Prince Charles’s god­son). Her mother So­phie has be­come great bud­dies with Kate since Ge­orge started at Thomas’s; the Tollemaches’ el­dest, Ralph, is there too. The cou­ple won’t be in town for­ever, though: they’ve got a stately to run: Helm­ing­ham Hall, in Suf­folk.

Sylvie Tollemache, two

Sylvie’s fa­ther James, brother of Ed­ward, is an Eton friend of Prince Wil­liam, known for his wild par­ties. At his 21st, the Prince fa­mously jumped into the moat at the fam­ily’s Suf­folk seat wear­ing only boxer shorts and a feather boa. If Sylvie is at all like her par­ents, she too will be the life and soul; Tatler de­scribed her mother, Princess Flor­rie von Preussen, the great-great-grand­daugh­ter of Kaiser

Max Gold­smith, 15 months

The youngest Gold­smith is an­other po­ten­tial buddy for Baby Cam­bridge. Zac (Tory MP for Rich­mond Park) and his sec­ond wife Alice (née Roth­schild) are good pals of the Cam­bridges, reg­u­larly hang­ing out with them at 5 Hert­ford Street, the £25 mil­lion Lon­don club run by Zac’s half brother, Robin Bir­ley. Daugh­ter Dolly, four, is a mucker for Prince Ge­orge. Alice ( be­low) is founder of chil­dren’s cloth­ing com­pany Dotty Dun­ga­rees: Baby C will look di­vine in mus­tard overalls.

Scar­lett Wa­ley-Co­hen, two

If Baby Cam­bridge is to be a rac­ing pun­dit like his/her great-granny, the Wa­ley-Co­hens (Scar­lett has an older brother, Max, the same age as Princess Char­lotte) are the kids to know. Scar­lett’s fa­ther Sam, a school friend of the Duke and old pal of the Duchess, is a gen­tle­man jockey who has been placed sev­eral times in the Grand Na­tional. It was Sam who re­united Wills and Kate af­ter they split in 2007. Scar­lett’s mother, the beau­ti­ful Annabel, is a chil­dren’s party caterer so Baby C can look for­ward to some de­li­cious cake pops.

Arthur Sackville, two

Arthur is a fix­ture on the pi­rate ship in the play­ground in Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens; his par­ents Ed and Sophia live a few streets from the palace. Ed and Prince Wil­liam were at school to­gether and par­tied as stu­dents in Scot­land (Ed was at Ed­in­burgh). The Sackvilles are also rac­ing blue blood: Ed, Jilly Cooper’s bestie, is a blood­stock agent who trained un­der the Queen’s agent, John War­ren.

Wil­fred Tom­lin­son, 13 months

Wil­fred’s fa­ther Luke, an in­ter­na­tional polo player, is a great mate of Wills. His mummy Laura (née Bech­tol­sheimer) won dres­sage Gold at the Lon­don Olympics. Baby C will have to kick on to keep up with Wilf.

Wil­low Pelly, 12 months

The one-year-old daugh­ter of Guy Pelly, Prince Wil­liam’s naugh­ti­est school­friend, and his wife, Hol­i­day Inn heiress Lizzy Wil­son ( be­low) will keep the lit­tlest Cam­bridge on his or her toes. Her fa­ther set up Sloaney night­clubs Mahiki and Whisky Mist, so Wil­low will make sure Baby Cam­bridge is on all the right guest lists. Wills and Kate, watch out.

One to come: the Duke and Duchess are looking for­ward to wel­com­ing a sib­ling for Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte on an un­spec­i­fied date this month

Wil­helm II, as “the party girl with a dirty laugh and a heart­break smile”.

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