Prince George might just be the best dressed three-year-old around.
Not a day goes by without the little prince sporting a quintessentially British ensemble, complete with his signature shorts and knee socks.
George’s shorts-wearing has been a constant in Britain and around the world almost from his birth. But the adoring public might not know the reason behind his sartorial choices.
Prince George of Cambridge leaves Victoria on 1 October 2016 in Victoria, Canada.
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George’s propensity for wearing shorts actually stems from an age-old aristocratic tradition, one that the royal family has been sticking to for generations.
November 1951: King George VI with Prince Charles on his third birthday.
The reason for wearing shorts also has “historical roots” and is a “custom we can trace back to the 16th century”.
“If you look back at old paintings of children from aristocratic families, you see little boys aged two and under dressed as girls, wearing gowns and dresses.
“In the 17th and 18th centuries, boys of age three or four were put in breeches, which are basically shorts. ”
Prince William on his first day at nursery school on September 24, 1985.
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‘Breeching’ dates back to the mid-16th century and pertains to the first moment a young boy dresses in breeches rather than a gown or dress.
“From the late 18th century, it just became the thing to put young boys in shorts. “Trousers were something to be worn by men, and little boys would be put in shorts.”
This aristocratic tradition is still being upheld by the royal family and countless other members of the British upper crust.
“It has a little to do with the snob factor. A lot of mothers want their little boys to dress like little boys rather than like men.
Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles at Windsor Great Park, during a polo match, 1956. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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“The royal family is not suburban. That doesn’t mean it’s ‘common;’ it’s just a different set of values,”