English Rose Tea Room to Host Royal Baby Shower June 21

The fairytale romance of Prince Will and Princess Kate is still being written as all of England is preparing to welcome a new member of the royal family, the couple's first child. Arizona might be on the wrong side of the pond, but this rare and joyous occasion can be celebrated locally at English Rose Tea Room in Carefree. On Friday, June 21, a traditional baby shower will be held in honor of the third in line to the British throne, expected to be born on July 13.

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There will be a full tea service -- including three tiers of scrumptious tea sandwiches, scones, and petit fours -- as well as opportunities for guests to win souvenirs and collectibles, such as jewel-encrusted baby slippers. And of course guessing games about the sex of the baby, due date, and more can be expected, making participants feel almost as if they were amongst the princess' inner circle of girlfriends.

A baby book will be passed around to give well-wishers the chance to send happy thoughts and tips on parenting to the Duchess of Cambridge, and the tea room will send it directly to Kensington Palace following the event. In the spirit of Princess Diana and Princess Kate, who made over 100 charity appearances last year, donations will be collected for the UMOM New Day Center, the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona. Guests are encouraged to bring diapers, prams, onesies, and bibs, which will be gifted to mothers with newborns in need.

The baby shower is $30 per person and includes food and a pot of tea. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Call 480-488-4812 to secure your chance to party with (life-size cardboard cutouts of) Prince Will and Princess Kate.

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Dominique Chatterjee