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I really thought Kate would have bought British!!!

(48 Posts)
Lozzabelle Mon 29-Apr-13 12:14:37

Apologise for anybody who is looking for product reviews but I really need to get this off my chest. As a massive Royals fan, i'm gutted that there are rumours about Kate buying a Bugaboo, a dutch product, when her and William are supposed to be 'british business ambassadors'. With the recession still going on, all british businesses need a helping hand.

I've been following the royals for so many years, ii was in london for the wedding 2 years ago, and last year for the diamond jubilee. Absolutely love them all to bits but gutted to hear this when i woke up.

Really hope these rumours aren't true!

KatAndKit Mon 29-Apr-13 12:17:10

why on earth can't they just buy the pram that best suits their needs? Why are you so "gutted" about this? What difference does it make to your life whether their nanny pushes the child around in a Bugaboo or an Icandy? Be "gutted" about the people who died in that factory - that is much worse news to wake up to. Do you only buy british produced stuff? never shop in Primark?

This is a bit daft. Why do you even care what pram she uses? hmm

She's picked a hugely successful brand and ensured she has the same pram as her mates and 90% of the other mums in Kensington. If a British manufacturer made as good and popular product I expect she would have bought that.

meditrina Mon 29-Apr-13 12:21:43


ShatnersBassoon Mon 29-Apr-13 12:21:47

You're gutted, about something that may not be true and that has absolutely no bearing on your life?


Forgetfulmog Mon 29-Apr-13 12:23:33

Are there any good British manufacturers?? I'm surprised she's gone for a bugaboo though as they're quite low down & she & William are both tall. Other than that though its entirely up to them what buggy they buy.

givemeaclue Mon 29-Apr-13 12:23:48

Hilarious that anyone cases about this!

"gutted to hear this"

I think you should probably get out more Dear.

My tall friend liked our Bugaboo because of the adjustable handle. Sadly I suspect the real selling point will have been that you can really conceal the baby in it. Less likely to get good paparazzi photos.
I wonder if she went for the donkey. The DM will have a field day 'Kate plans baby number 2!!!'

grin I was pretty devestated to hear this too, I don't know how I'm going to make it through the day without crying again.

lottieandmia Mon 29-Apr-13 12:28:03

I couldn't care less what pushchair she buys.

SolomanDaisy Mon 29-Apr-13 12:31:17

You were so gutted about Kate's pram choice you joined MN specially to discuss it? You probably need a new hobby.

TBH the British economy is so heavily interlinked with the Eurozone that we should be glad she's doing her bit to support the Euro. Perhaps the Dutch royals sent it to her as part of their coronation celebrations?

bollockstoit Mon 29-Apr-13 12:34:32


Damn, I'm selling a brilliant Bee. She could have had that.

ZZZenagain Mon 29-Apr-13 12:55:56

if I were a British pram manufacturer I might feel the same but I would have been clued up enough to make her the gift of one of mine - good publicity.

Really though do we have to find fault with everything she does?

TheFallenNinja Mon 29-Apr-13 13:00:08

Why should we buy some of the shoddy overpriced rubbish just because its British?

bollockstoit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:02:55

Just outed yourself there Kate grin

Moominsarehippos Mon 29-Apr-13 13:05:42

Is Cross still British? Great big boats of a pram. My mum was desparete to but us one - I did point out that it was bigger than our flat and no way would it even it fit through the door.

Bugaboos are great for folding to go in a hall or car boot, bouncing up flights of stairs and manoevering around the supermarket, none of which I can imagine them doing!

MiaowTheCat Mon 29-Apr-13 13:15:18

Like she's ever going to be yomping around on buses or whatever in it anyway. Keeps the Daily Mail out of mischief analyzing it for about five weeks with a souvenir brochure pull out anyway.

Lozzabelle Mon 29-Apr-13 14:36:43

Sorry if I’ve offended anyone, as a mum I get where you’re all coming from, of course the baby’s safety and comfort is the main priority no matter what the brand is but as a massive royals fan, I follow them really closely and as british business ambassadors I was just surprised at these rumours.
I love Kate and everything she represents and this post wasn’t written to insult her or anyone else, it was just my opinion about the rumours.
Can’t wait to see if she has a boy or a girl! Really exciting times for us royal fans smile

Siennabeans Mon 29-Apr-13 14:51:58

Aww don't be so mean, she's only talking about something that interests her!

littleducks Mon 29-Apr-13 18:28:53

I wonder how much she will use it? I imagined she (or her nanny) would be pushing a family antique silver cross round palace grounds. day to day I would have thought she will be driven to most places and be like celebs carrying her baby.

I wish I could get a bugaboo, my friend was playing with the neon bee in John Lewis and I was quite quite jealous.

CruCru Mon 29-Apr-13 20:38:25

What are the British pushchair brands?

Lozzabelle Tue 30-Apr-13 11:40:40

Some british brands that come to mind are silver cross, icandy, maclaran and i think mamas and papas are also british. she may use it more than we think if she's reportedly going to be living with her mum for 6 months.

Is this honestly even an issue for anyone other than the two of them?

I suppose they should have a british computer, british tv, british mobile phone too?

MasterOfTheYoniverse Tue 30-Apr-13 11:48:32

They probably have enough vintage silvercross prams to open a museum.

What it says about her is that she needs something maniable in RL on a daily basis, because she will be the primary user.
i suppse the nannies can still dust the silvercrosses for photo OPs?


K8Middleton Tue 30-Apr-13 11:49:11

Meh. I couldn't care less what buggy we buy her she gets <studiously ignores own name>.

She should get a sling wink

Just kidding. I honestly don't care. I have my own life thanks. And a Bugaboo.

milk Tue 30-Apr-13 12:36:56

but will she upgrade to the Buffalo in the Autumn?!?

CruCru Tue 30-Apr-13 17:22:50

Presumably she can have as many buggies as she wants (and has somewhere to keep them all).

ThePathanKhansAmnesiac Tue 30-Apr-13 17:44:12

I,d get a pimped up Silver Cross if i were her, <ya hear me Kate?>.

But I know what you mean OP, my life is now over.grin

superdadAndy Wed 01-May-13 15:49:49

I think it is worth pointing out that most prams and pushchairs that are thought to be 'British' are actually made in China.

Mamas and papas aren't british, in fact superdadAndy is spot on, other than the balmoral big coach prams by silver cross, every single brand you've mentioned are made in china or thailand, Bugaboo included.

Does it really matter where their head office is based?

givemeaclue Wed 01-May-13 18:32:29

Big silver cross chariots are the pram of choice for the traveller community.

deepfriedsage Wed 01-May-13 18:43:01

Lilly Cole and Natalie Cassidy have silvercross chariots. What did Dianna have?

AngiBolen Wed 01-May-13 18:49:30

I imagine the Royals already have a shed full of Silvercorss prams.

Still18atheart Wed 01-May-13 19:09:30

Apart form Silvercross what other British pram makers are there?

I can't imagine that a Silvercross would be that practical walking the dog on the beach at Anglesey.

Longdistance Wed 01-May-13 19:16:32

I reckon she'll have a sling rather than a buggy, and keep baby close.

HoneyDragon Wed 01-May-13 19:27:50

Mamas & papas are Italian.

None of the British brands of pushchair mentioned are manufactured in the UK.

Speaking as a totally shit hot British Manufacturer who has probably infiltrated your life in some way, we're cool with it grin

Off the top of my head, baby style, Maclaren & silver cross started out in Britain, but none of them are actually made here.(Though the heritage silver cross coach prams are still put together and hand sprung in Britain, but I think the parts are made in china) speaking from an insiders point of view here wink

Mamas and Papas are British although probably made in China. The founders were born in Italy but were brought up and live in Huddersfield

lollydollydrop Wed 01-May-13 23:14:05

6 weeks, not 6 months

HoneyDragon Wed 01-May-13 23:27:49

Mamas and papas are a British company. They cannot claim to manufacture any of thir products. Their original pushchairs are peg peregos, later they sold them with M&P on rather than Peg. But Peg Peregos were Itian design and manufacture, and were around a long time before M&P.

HoneyDragon Wed 01-May-13 23:29:35

However I wouldn't get a Pliko or Venezia pre dating 2012 as they have all been recalled. So Kate if you're reading stick to Bugaboo grin

Longdistance Wed 01-May-13 23:49:17

Why has the pliko been recalled?

HoneyDragon Wed 01-May-13 23:55:29

Certain models of the P3 and the Venezia were recalled by Peg under their brand. A little boy died of strangulation getting caught under the tray, another incident happened with a little girl who survived sad, the model numbers can be googled. Both incidents occurred with children under 12 months who were no strapped in, so he harnesses were loose.

I think it was models produced between 2004 - 2008

But Mamas and Papas don't just sell Peg products, that is how they started but they sell their own too that they design. Although I'm presuming they are manufactured elsewhere.
But regardless I'd still say buy a bugaboo as M&P customer services can be shit

HoneyDragon Thu 02-May-13 10:02:24

That's right Fatima. They are a British Company, but not British Manufacturers.
(Can you tell the distinction is very important to me grin)
And agree wholeheartedly, M&P don't do customer service.

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