Fans of the British royal family long awaited the arrival of Prince George, the first child of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The royal couple, who tied the knot at Westminster Abbey six years ago, had the prince in 2013. The tot is now a cheerful 4-year-old and big brother to his 2-year-old sister, Princess Charlotte.Danny Martindale/Getty Images
Prince George has spent a lot of time in public recently, as he traveled alongside his parents on their royal tour of Europe earlier this month.
And fans couldn’t help but notice that the little boy was constantly sporting a certain signature look: shorts.
No matter the weather, it seems that Prince George exclusively wears the cropped clothing style.
Prince George is the most adorable little muffin and I love his shorts ?❤️ pic.twitter.com/ncfT1hrONc
— Lauren (@balfeheughlywed) July 17, 2017
And this isn’t a recent style change…
It seems the young prince has been donning the signature look since about the time he started to walk on his own. But it turns out, there’s actually a very specific reason.Screenshot/Twitter
According to The Daily Mail, shorts on young boys are a silent marker of British class, and if Prince George were to wear pants, he may be considered “suburban.”
William Hanson, an etiquette expert, told The Daily Mail:
“Shorts on young boys is one of those silent British class markers that deliberately harks back to a bygone age.
British upper classes — and particularly royals — are especially keen to hold on to tradition so this sartorial one will silently mark them out from ‘the rest.'”
To put it simply, shorts are just considered more upper-class. And as a member of the royal family, Prince George is expected to look the part.
In fact, his father sported the very same look when he was a little boy.Screenshot/Twitter
So, it seems that Prince George is just following in the footsteps of those before him and looking pretty adorable while he does it.
The little royal will most likely start wearing long pants around age eight, according to style experts.