As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated their seriously epic nuptials last Saturday, not only were all eyes on Meghan’s elegant Givenchy dress, but on the extended family too. Eagle-eyed royal fans noticed that Prince George made his official trousers debut, wearing an adorable pair of red stripe military style pants.
Why is this such a big deal and why the endless display of shorts on the little prince? An old royal and aristocratic British tradition amongst upper crust families sees young boys wearing shorts rather than pants for as long as possible, because according to Harper’s Bazaar, “it’s often considered decidedly ‘suburban’ not to do so.” That’s right, trousers on boys are just for commoners. So it goes for England’s future king. Though George is absolutely delightful in shorts, we can’t but help but think his legs were probably pretty darn cold sometimes.
Take a look at all the times we wish George’s parents had broken with royal tradition sooner…
Prince George wore pants for the very first time at the royal wedding
Baby on the looseCrawling around in the grass, George risks sore, grassy knees in his short overalls. Please, someone give the kid some dungarees, and we can call it a day. Getty Images
Gone with the windWindswept much? Poor baby George must be absolutely freezing being carried off a plane in New Zealand. And given the long journey time, at that age, surely a comfy onesie would have been a much more practical choice. Just look at how much the royal couple's hair is blowing in the wind. If Kate's legs can be covered in stockings, then George's cute lil' baby legs should be protected from the elements too. Getty Images
Kid's first ChristmasPosing for his very first set of official Christmas portraits in 2014, ickle George looks oddly stiff and formal… can you believe he’s only a year old in this photo? And since we all know December in London isn’t the warmest, wouldn’t it look more seasonally appropriate with some cozy looking pants? Just saying.Getty Images
Mad, muchAt little sister Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015, George is almost comically traditional looking in these bright red shorts and very old-school shirt. And is it just us, or does that face scream ‘get me out of this outfit!’? Getty Images
Unlike mother, unlike sonAt a polo match with mama Kate, there’s just no getting George out of his shorts uniform. Even Kate is wearing full length, casual-looking jeans to protect from the grass. We’d love to see him in something comfy and practical to roll around in, like most other two-year-olds, and get a break from his regular wardrobe. Plus, his face looks plain grumpy, too. We would be too if we couldn’t roll around freely in the grass, knees protected by practical fabric.Getty Images
Hoping for a Christmas miracleAt the Royals’ Christmas day service in 2016, the little Prince looks sweet in this long coat. But surely, if it’s warm enough for the coat, then some trousers are in order, right?Getty Images
O CanadaOn an official visit to Canada, the Cambridges are rocking cutely coordinating outfits, but given Charlotte is looking warm and protected in tights to cover her little legs, surely George deserves the same to help block that Canadian breeze. Getty Images
Thumbs up, thumbs downAttending a Royal Air Force event with his parents in 2016, the prince looks windswept and possibly a little chilly in his shorts and white polo shirt. It may be a thumbs-up for the show, but we just want to put a sweater and pants on him. Boy just looks cold. Getty Images
First day of schoolRocking up for his very first day of school last September, George is of course spotted in his signature shorts. This is just one of the available options for the school’s uniform, meaning he could have gone straight for pants, but oh no sir – do not forget his breeding. We're firm believers that if it's warm enough for a sweater over a shirt, then it's probably warm enough for trousers.Getty Images
Boy and his toysViewing helicopter models on an official visit to Germany last year, George looks a tad overexcited, but with exposed legs, we wouldn’t want any scraped knees or cuts, what with heavy machinery about. Would someone just release him from the cage of shorts so he can play with toys the same as other kids his age?! Getty Images