This week saw another the arrival of another royal baby, with the Duchess of Cambridge giving birth to a boy, the fifth in line to the throne. While the as-yet-unnamed prince will be growing up in a palace, there are plenty of changes you can make to your own home that would impress any youngster, no matter how royal.
Create a stylish nursery
His Royal Highness may have an opulent nursery, but many new parents enjoy the thrill of being able to create an entire room designed for the little one, that can adapt and change with them as they grow. The most important thing is getting the basics right, which means getting it decorated to a high standard, a job that an experienced painter and decorator can help with.
Build a garden play area
The latest royal will have acres of land to romp in, but even a small garden can be the perfect playground with a little love and imagination. Clever design and the help of a talented landscape gardener or builder can create a garden that has tonnes of fun features for youngsters to enjoy, from raised beds for learning about plants, to sand boxes, covered seating areas and climbing frames.
Create bespoke furniture
Handmade furniture may sound like something reserved for royalty, but you don’t have to invest in ancient antiques to have something built specially for you and your needs. A carpenter or joiner could make a fitted bunk bed with a desk under it perfect for a child’s bedroom, that would make any youngster feel special.
Make sure your home is safe
While the royal palaces and castles look impressive, there are plenty of features beneath the surface that aren’t quite up to scratch - Buckingham Palace is undergoing extensive renovations to ensure its 100 miles of electrical cabling are safe, and its 30 miles of pipework are leak-free. Thankfully, your home should be easier to check out - an electrician can make sure your electrics are up to date, while a Gas Safe registered gas engineer can inspect your heating and boiler.