kate middletonKate Middleton's life may be as royal as they come, but some of the simplest joys seem to allude her. First, she admitted she missed riding the subway. Now comes word that, traditionally, she's not supposed to have a baby shower. Well, screw that! Pippa to the rescue.

Despite the fact that royal moms-to-be have rarely had showers thrown on their behalf -- neither Queen Elizabeth nor Queen Victoria had showers for their first-borns -- and baby showers aren't even all that common in the U.K., Pippa's taken it upon herself to break with tradition and throw her sister a right royal baby shower! (Maybe to prove she really can plan a party, given her dismal book sales? I kid, I kid!)

Anyway, as for the shower details ...

A friend of Kate's told OK! magazine:

While it’s all going to be very relaxed and fun, Kate is hoping the Queen will drop by, because the two are remarkably close. They bonded big time and really enjoy each other’s company. Since this is going to be a first for royals, Kate would love the Queen to be part of it.

So, I'm guessing it's not a surprise, then? This definitely sounds a bit fishy. But at any rate, yes, having your grandmother-in-law at your shower would be lovely. I would hope that if this is true, the Queen would make an effort to attend, because even though it's not traditional, it is a celebration for Kate and Queen Elizabeth's future great-grandchild!

The insider goes on to add:

Pippa is in charge of decorations. Wine and beer will be available — not that Kate will be drinking alcohol, of course. There will certainly be none of the hard stuff.

Sounds pretty run of the mill, actually -- which is absolutely perfect! When it comes to any sort of shower, all the guest of honor ultimately wants is to mark the happy occasion by being surrounded by loved ones. Here's hoping Kate's able to have just that.

What did you/would you want your baby shower to be like?


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