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Celebrate Her Maj’s 90th in style



Turns out it’s not only Fussy Bird that has a birthday in April. If you hadn’t noticed, HRH has stolen our thunder somewhat, turning 90 today. And being all Royal and everything. And let’s not forget our favourite monarch gets a second birthday in June, too, with events to celebrate scheduled across the next three months. But it’s fair to say she deserves it. She’s the original, ultimate Mumboss who juggled four children – admittedly with a smidgen of staff – with a job from which she can never retire. Nor can she hide behind the computer for the day reading the sidebar of shame. Though we like to think she does do this occasionally, while lazily Instagramming pics of the corgis (in Valencia #richdogsofinstagram).

So we’ve leapt on the patriotic bandwagon and rounded up a collection of goodies to get the little ones in the spirit, from the perfect party dress and crown (stylish, not twee) to iconic Liberty print tableware and toys that would to amuse even the pickiest of princes and princesses. And yes, there may be a little bit of Union Jack thrown in. Sue us. We love an excuse for a party.

Happy birthday, Ma’am (#RoyalBird).

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We've already detailed our joy over the new-season bounty in Into Autumn for the girls. Soft knits, cosy hues of mustard and plums, snuggly accessories - we're all in. Conker season is traditionally a time of Good Clothes and wrapping up stylishly (you've seen The September Issue, right? It's the same for kids in our eyes). And there are some fantastic new lines for the boys, too.

Forget seasons of mist, it's all about the season of musts this autumn, as in what we must have for their wardrobes. And yes we do love collecting conkers and kicking through crispy leaves and smelling bonfires in the air on the walk home from school, but we also love all the fab new-season collections. Bring on the soft knits, cosy tights and the warm russets, mustards and plums of autumn...

If you've been watching Stranger Things on Netflix (and if you haven't, seriously, where have you been? Cancel everything and binge-watch the first season now - since its release this summer Netflix has already commissioned a second series, airing in 2017) you'll know that the dorkiest coolest kids in town at the moment are Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Will. Their Goonies meets E.T. meets Stephen King sci-fi adventures have fuelled an '80s nostalgia trip thanks to the show's near-perfect recreation of the era, and our sartorial eye has been on the detail for their retro apparel.

The new term is well under way, and we're just about getting our heads around which day is PE day, when the after-school clubs are, homework, lunchboxes, shoe-polishing and knotting a tie once again. But as smart and lovely as they look in their uniforms, it's always nice for them to have some comfies to throw on when they get home and can concentrate only on stuffing their faces and zoning out in front of Octonauts.