The Reason Why Kate Middleton Always Dresses Prince George in Shorts

There’s a British tradition among the aristocracy that might explain why Prince George could be wearing shorts on public appearances for the next five years.

While on a royal tour of Canada last week with 1-year-old sister Princess Charlotte, father Prince William and mother Kate Middleton, the 3-year-old donned shorts and Start-rite John leather lace-up shoes — a familiar silhouette that he has repeated with Papouelli Barnie loafers, too.

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Prince George wears Start-rite “John” laceups.
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Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, etiquette expert William Hanson said the English elite eschew trousers for young boys, lest they be considered “middle class.”

Trousers are for older boys and men,” Hanson explained, “whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England. Although times are [slowly] changing, a pair of trousers on a young boy is considered quite middle class — quite suburban. And no self-respecting aristo or royal would want to be considered suburban. Even the Duchess of Cambridge.”

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Prince George waved to the crowd when he arrived in Canada, wearing Start-rite’s John leather lace-up shoes.
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Citing a custom that began around the 16th century, Hanson added that boys usually graduate to full-length pants at 8 years old — a rite of passage and a signal of maturity and social status. “The British upper set are always keen to hold on to tradition, and this one also silently marks them out from ‘the rest’.”

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Prince George
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