Prince William and Duchess Kate’s oldest child, Prince George, rarely wears long trousers. He’s always been seen in shorts.
People noticed that the toddler wore long pants for the first time in his life. He wore them at Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding recently.
Ever since he was born, Prince George, 4, has never worn long pants. The Royal wedding was the first time that he was seen in them.
He wore a miniature version of the Blues and Royals coat that Harry and his father, Prince William, wore to the wedding ceremony. George dressed in a pair of custom-made black pants by Savile Row tailors Dege & Skinner.
The trousers featured a red stripe down the side. Prince George typically wears shorts in public as part of a longtime British tradition among the Royals.
“It is considered very suburban for a little boy to be in long trousers when he is just a little boy.”
Ingrid Seward, People, December 15, 2014
Editor-in-Chief of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward, shared that upper-class British boys usually wore shorts until they were 8 years old. The shorts are worn even in winter.
George was allowed to wear long pants only because of Harry and Meghan’s special occasion. There he served as one of their page boys.
Etiquette expert, William Hanson, revealed to Harper’s Bazaar that "It's a very English thing to dress a young boy in shorts. Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England.”
Hanson shared that even though times were slowly changing, a pair of trousers on a young boy was considered quite middle class and quite suburban. George was also a page boy last year at Aunt Pippa Middleton and James Matthews’ wedding.
There he wore knee-length shorts and high socks. He often wears high socks with his shorts when cold temperatures hit the UK.
Sometimes he also wears them on visits to chillier climates, such as during the Royal Family’s fall 2016 trip to Canada.