Prince George has melted hearts once again as he held hands with his father Prince William, and sister Princess Charlotte as they visited their new baby brother at the Lindo Wing in St Mary’s Hospital, shortly after Kate Middleton gave birth to her third child.
George attended in his school uniform fresh from a day of learning, which featured a pair of smart navy shorts.
And while Kate Middleton’s first son is always dressed incredibly cute and smart, it would seem he is almost always wearing shorts, uniform or not.
Why? Well it turns out there’s a very specific reason Prince William and his wife keep their eldest in that adorable wardrobe item. And it’s all to do with class.
Talking to Cosmopolitan.co.uk, etiquette expert William Hanson said: “Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England.
“Although times are (slowly) changing, a pair of trousers on a young boy is considered quite middle class – quite suburban. And no self-respecting aristocrat or royal would want to be considered suburban.”
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And it seems the tradition has been happening for years as many photos of the royals, including William and Prince Harry, show the young boys mainly in shorts too.
William believes it’s around the age of eight when boys can make the jump from shorts to trousers, again to do with an age-old tradition of “breeching”.
It’s also suspected that the likes of Kate and William and other modern royal family members dress their sons in shorts now because of tradition more than the class issue.
And this is not the first time Prince George’s traditional style has been raising issues as Princess Charlotte’s brother has become a bit of an icon.
Whenever George is out in public, much like the Duchess of Cambridge herself, many parents run out to buy their children the exact same outfit, often causing chaos for many small online shops.
Even Sam Faiers is trying to create the same sense of style for her baby boy Paul.
The same problem is on the rise for two-year-old Charlotte too, who also caused a shopping storm after making her public appearance at a garden party in Canada.
Despite the toddler being the centre of attention due to her love of balloons, rabbits and dogs, it was her dress that had mums up and down the country in a frenzy.
The blue and coral number with a big bow on the back looked so cute on the tiny royal, and after seeing it’s affordable price tag everyone wanted it.
The classic handsmocked dress from The Pepa And Company, £74, sold out almost immediately after Princess Charlotte’s appearance.