Ever wonder why little Prince George is never seen wearing long pants?
So were we! And, we now know the secret meaning for why we always see Prince George in shorts and never in pants.
William Hanson, an etiquette expert explained to the Daily Mail that the shorts are a “silent British marker” and status symbol among the royals. According to Hanson, long pants are considered “suburban” and no member of the royal family would want to be considered such a thing!
“Not only does The Duchess of Cambridge have to worry about what she is wearing in public but she has to dress her own children and find a balance between royal tradition and heritage and more proletariat customs, such as the “suburban” habit of making young boys wear trousers,” Hanson revealed. “Although I don’t really think that the sartorial rule of shorts for young boys would be a new one for Catherine. I would suspect that her own mother and mother’s friends knew this – as more well-heeled middle class mothers do – and dressed their own boys accordingly.”
This tradition has been long standing in the royal family. Prince George’s father, Prince William and uncle Prince Harry also wore shorts until they reached the appropriate age of 8 and started wearing pants publicly.
“The usual custom is that a boy graduates to trousers around eight years old,” Hanson explained to Harper’s Bazaar UK. “This is, historically, perhaps due to the practice of ‘breeching’, which dates back to the sixteenth century. 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.”
Today, wearing shorts is less about class standing and more about keeping with tradition.
“The British upper set are always keen to hold on to tradition, and this one also silently marks them out from ‘the rest’,” Hanson said.