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Here’s Why Prince George Always Wears Shorts

posted: 05/08/18
by: Amanda Mushro

No matter what the weather may be, the adorable future King of England, Prince George, can be found sporting shorts. While he looks super cute in his fancy duds, many Americans are left wondering why shorts seem to be the young prince's uniform. Turns out, this is more than a fashion choice but a long standing royal tradition.

According to etiquette expert William Hanson, Prince George's fashion is stipulated by "upper class" tradition. In fact, young boys of status wearing shorts actually dates back to the 16th century. "It's a very English thing to dress a young boy in shorts," explains the etiquette expert William Hanson. "Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England."

So until Prince George is eight, expect to see him wearing shorts. "This is, historically, perhaps due to the practice of 'breeching', which dates back to the sixteenth century," says Hanson. "A newborn boy would be dressed in a gown for their first year or two (these gowns have survived as the modern Christening robe) and then he was 'breeched' and wore articles of clothing that more resembled shorts or trousers than dresses."

Hanson says that although these types of royal traditions are slowly changing, seeing a young boy in trousers is still considered quite middle class. So pants for the young boy probably won't happen anytime soon.

If you happen to catch a throwback picture of Prince George's father or uncle, you will see they too followed this tradition and wore shorts and socks when they young boys. So even if this isn't a very fashion forward look, it is a royal style and we sort of love it.